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Flags over the Louisiana State Capitol.

Today in The Rundown: Early voting is underway in Louisiana in the statewide and legislative races, and turnout has been brisk in the first few days. Early voting runs through Saturday and Election Day is a week later.

Go to to get voter details, including polling locations. 

Check out The Advocate's guide to what's on the ballot in the Baton Rouge area. 

Check out's guide to what's on the ballot in the New Orleans area.

In today's edition of The Rundown, get the latest updates on elections and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics right now.

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The Countdown…

Days until primary election: 9

Days until runoff: 44

Days until inauguration: 112

The News

Governor's race: With Election Day less than two weeks away, Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's confident he's getting a second term.

LAGov Trump: After publicly staying on the sidelines for much of the Louisiana governor's race, President Donald Trump tweeted out his support for the Republican candidates without picking between the two and bashed Edwards, who has sought to stay on friendly terms with the Republican president.

LAGov Republicans: Edwards' chief rivals in the election, businessman Eddie Rispone and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, are trading barbs as they jockey for the chance to face Edwards in a runoff.

LAGov Abraham: U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins joined Abraham on the campaign trail this week.

LAGov Issues: Public safety has emerged as a key issue in the governor's race.

Impeachment: Louisiana could have a potentially dynamic role as House Democrats continue an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump with these key players in the Congressional delegation. 

Ukraine: Examples of Louisiana officials jumping in to defend Trump from the latest misconduct accusations are already stacking up

Treasury: The U.S. Treasury Department will expand efforts to pay out the nearly $26 billion in matured, unclaimed savings bonds that haven’t been claimed, after U.S. Sen. John Kennedy pressed the federal agency on the issue.

Transportation: Two government agencies are launching a survey of travel habits by Baton Rouge area motorists.

Climate change: New Orleans' 2019 Climate Change Equity Report urges city agencies, nonprofits and individuals to work to reduce pollution and lower energy costs.

Jobs: The surprise closure of Bayou Steel Group in LaPlace this week has officials dealing with the fallout from the steel mill's sudden shuttering questioning whether it was designed to duck the company's obligations to its workers.

Environment: A federal fund aimed at restoring Lake Pontchartrain is getting a boost that could help officials study the environmental impact of opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

UNO: An anonymous $2 million gift will fund undergraduate scholarships at the University of New Orleans.

Odd: A Florida woman who freed herself from a camel by biting its testicles at a Louisiana truck stop last month, making national headlines (and punchlines, including on SNL), talked to The Advocate about the ordeal.

Happening today

At the Capitol

  • House Study Committee on Public Private Partnership Financing meets today at 10 a.m. in Room 5.

Governor's schedule

  • 9 a.m. Signing memorandum of Understanding among several state agencies at Fibrebond Corporation in Minden.
  • 10:30 a.m. Groundbreaking ceremony for the Center of Medical Education site at LSU Health Shreveport.
  • 1 p.m. Shreveport public transportation system announcement at the SporTran administrative facility in Shreveport.

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

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