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Signs direct crowds coming to cast their ballots at the Kenilworth Junior High School voting precinct in East Baton Rouge Parish on Nov. 8, 2016. 

Today in The Rundown: Welcome to a special Friday afternoon edition of The Rundown... A lot has been happening in the governor's race in the past 24 hours. We've entered the final days of early voting, and Election Day is little more than a week away. Here's what you may have missed...

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TV time: Republicans have launched two ads attacking Gov. John Bel Edwards over his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against his former deputy chief of staff – one an explosive spot featuring the accuser herself telling her story and how she feels let down by Edwards.

GOP Unity: VP Mike Pence is heading to Louisiana this weekend to rally alongside Republican gubernatorial candidates Eddie Rispone and Ralph Abraham. Here’s how you can attend Pence’s rally:

GOP Unity Pt. 2: Donald Trump Jr. will headline a rally in Lafayette on Monday for the GOP candidates.

Campaign cash: The latest campaign finance figures show candidates for in the governor’s race have spent nearly $25 million so far and still have millions more on hand.

Taxes: Congressman Ralph Abraham has made cutting taxes a central part of his campaign for governor this year and has embraced Congress’ Trump-backed GOP tax cut as a model for Louisiana, despite the ballooning national deficit left in its wake.

Parent hits back: A mother whose son was featured in an Abraham campaign letter says her family was never asked for permission and has described it as “exploitative.” (Via Gambit)

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

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