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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Polls have closed in Louisiana’s election, with the Deep South’s only Democratic governor waiting to learn if he’ll win a second term outright or if he’ll have to campaign until November.

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The governor’s race topped a primary ballot Saturday, with Gov. John Bel Edwards facing five opponents.

His two major challengers are Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.

Edwards needs cross-party support to win. He must top 50% voter support to avoid a Nov. 16 runoff.

The race has drawn national GOP interest. President Donald Trump held a rally on election eve in which he urged Louisiana Republicans to vote against Edwards.

Also on the ballot, six other statewide elected officials in Louisiana were trying to win new terms in office.

Gubernatorial candidate Gary Landrieu, an independent from Metairie, speaks to reporters after he signed up for the governor’s race on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

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