Eddie Rispone and John Bel Edwards STOCK (copy)

Eddie Rispone (left) and John Bel Edwards (right)

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone will meet in their lone head-to-head debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff election.

The Deep South's only Democratic governor has sought to square off with his GOP challenger at multiple events, but Rispone has refused all but one matchup.

That one debate happens in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Public Broadcasting studio.

Watch live video of the debate below:

The following TV stations will broadcast the debate too:

  • WLPB – Baton Rouge
  • KLPB – Lafayette
  • KLTS – Shreveport
  • KLPA – Alexandria
  • KLTL – Lake Charles
  • KLTM – Monroe
  • WYES - New Orleans
  • WLAE – New Orleans

Edwards is seeking a second term against an onslaught of national GOP efforts to oust him. He's accusing Rispone, a Baton Rouge businessman, of ducking public events to avoid telling voters what he'll do in office.

Rispone has sought to nationalize the race, tying himself repeatedly to President Donald Trump. Trump remains popular in Louisiana and has endorsed Rispone.

Early voting begins Saturday.