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!! http://bit.ly/35s5wT4

POTUS: Donald Trump stumped for GOP candidates on the eve of the election. http://bit.ly/2piLlGk

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. http://bit.ly/2MyVBCD

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. http://bit.ly/2IKrWoI

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. http://bit.ly/32abnu3

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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