ELECTION 2019 LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at the lectern as the Press Club of Baton Rouge hosts a forum for the three gubernatorial candidates Monday Sept. 23, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, faced his two Republican challengers, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, , right at table background, who has represented Louisiana's fifth congressional district since 2015, and businessman Eddie Rispone, of Baton Rouge, left at table background. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — 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.

The debate, hosted by Gray Television, will be aired statewide.

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