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Final debate Wednesday ahead of Louisiana governor election

The third TV debate of the race comes as Republicans have launched a national effort trying to keep Edwards from a primary victory.
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards acknowledges his supporters as he comes out onstage for a debate with Eddie Rispone and Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham in Baton Rouge, La. Angry callers flooded Edwards’ office with opposition during debate over an abortion ban the Democrat supported, threatening to withhold support for his reelection bid. Months later, Edwards is hoping outrage over the ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy won’t damage support from his Democratic base as voters make decisions in Saturday’s election on Oct. 12. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is debating his two major GOP opponents one last time before Saturday's election.

The Deep South's only Democratic governor will square off with U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone for the final televised primary debate Wednesday night in Shreveport.

The third TV debate of the race comes as Republicans have launched a national effort trying to keep Edwards from a primary victory. President Donald Trump plans an election eve rally on Friday against Edwards, following get-out-the-vote events from Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr.

If Edwards can top 50% of the vote Saturday, he won't head to a runoff. With two competing candidates, Republicans have had difficulty unifying against Edwards.

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