Gov. John Bel Edwards voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Louisiana’s Democratic presidential primary, he revealed Friday.
Edwards, a Democrat who took office Jan. 11, had not formally endorsed a candidate in the race but admitted his pick when asked during a news conference that mostly focused on the ongoing special legislative session.
Clinton faces U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and a handful of lesser-known candidates in Saturday’s presidential primary here. Edwards, an Amite native, cast his ballot absentee.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Nearly 100,000 people already have voted in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries during the early voting period here.
Edwards, a former state representative who won a stunning upset against Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, largely fended off attempts to link him to national Democrats during last fall’s gubernatorial race.
Shortly after Edwards was elected, President Barack Obama visited Baton Rouge and met privately with him.
Edwards didn’t attend a “get out the vote” rally featuring former President Bill Clinton in Baton Rouge on Thursday night, citing scheduling conflicts.
But Edwards said Bill Clinton visited him at the Governor’s Mansion after the rally. The two had coffee and oatmeal raisin cookies. Edwards said he didn’t want to reveal the details of their discussion but that “very little had to do with the president race.” Bill Clinton never asked Edwards for an endorsement, Edwards’ staff later clarified.
On the GOP side, both Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Ted Cruz held rallies Friday, in New Orleans and Mandeville, respectively. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio canceled a planned Friday appearance in Baton Rouge to reshift focus to other states. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in Louisiana last week.