The Rundown: Big day in Louisiana as Election Day, LSU homecoming and ESPN’s College GameDay converge

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Today in The Rundown: Welcome to a special Election Day edition of The Rundown… It’s finally here. Tonight many races will be decided, and we’ll learn whether the governor’s race heads to a runoff. Here’s everything you need to know to catch you up on Louisiana politics today…

The Countdown…

Days until primary election: It’s today!!!

Days until runoff: 30

Days until inauguration: 98

The News

Elections: It’s Election Day!!

POTUS: Donald Trump stumped for GOP candidates on the eve of the election.

LALege: Business interests are spending more than $1 million to try to elect a Legislature that will limit lawsuits that they say discourage investment in Louisiana and kill jobs. The state’s trial lawyers are fighting back.

Transportation: Aiming to reduce traffic backups, Gov. John Bel Edwards and others Friday announced the opening of a new exit off Interstate 110 south near the main Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge.

EcoDevo: The Industrial Tax Exemption Program, or ITEP, has drawn distinctions between Gov. John Bel Edwards and GOP rivals Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham.

Happening today…

Keep your eyes peeled while you are out and about today, as you are likely to see candidates out trying to win some last-minute votes.

  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone will have an election night party at L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge.
  • U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham’s election night party will be on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus.

Governor’s schedule

  • Gov. Edwards is expected to be in the New Orleans area in the morning before returning to Baton Rouge for Mass and last-minute campaigning. Edwards’ election night watch party will be at the Renaissance in Baton Rouge.

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Elizabeth Crisp is The Advocate’s Washington, D.C. correspondent

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