State Rep. John Bell Edwards, the only major Democrat who has launched a gubernatorial campaign, will hold a fundraiser in New Orleans this weekend in the run up to the Louisiana Democratic Party’s major annual fundraiser.

Both events will take place at the same location — the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street, with Edwards’ fundraiser slated for 4-6 p.m., and the Democrats’ Jefferson-Jackson dinner starting at 7 p.m.

Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson, a state senator from New Orleans, sent an email urging Democrats to come to the Edwards event before the dinner. Tickets to the Edwards fundraiser are $100.

The Democratic Party officially endorsedEdwards earlier this year, while pundits speculated that a second Democrat in the race could lead to two Republicans making it to the Nov. 21 runoff — shutting the Democratic Party out with the Oct. 24 primary.

Republicans running for governor are: U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle. Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, is term-limited and cannot seek re-election as governor.

Polls, so far, have shown Vitter and Edwards in the lead and headed for the runoff.

Campaign finance reports due later this month will show exactly how much each campaign has raised, but the last round of reports showed Edwards had taken in the least in contributions earlier this year.