Melinda Deslatte, The Associated Press

Melinda Deslatte

The Associated Press

Baton Rouge, LA, United States

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Recent articles by Melinda:

Edwards faces 2nd term with more conservative Legislature

Many of the Democratic governor's GOP allies in the Senate, particularly Senate President John Alario, are exiting because of term limits. → Read More

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’

There are lessons for Democrats and Republicans as the political focus shifts to presidential and congressional elections next November. → Read More

Did Louisiana football success boost Edwards? Couldn't hurt.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In picking apart Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' reelection victory in the red state of Louisiana, analysts talk of cross-party voters, the get-out-the-vote effort in New Orleans and the Donald Trump factor. But in a year when both the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints appear headed to the playoffs, did Edwards also get an edge from the football factor? → Read More

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’ → Read More

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!'

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Odd-year elections in Louisiana, Kentucky and Virginia have let Democrats expand their footprint in Southern states where Republicans dominated not long ago. → Read More

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Odd-year elections in Louisiana, Kentucky and Virginia have let Democrats expand their footprint in Southern states where Republicans dominated not long ago. Those... → Read More

AP: Democrat Edwards wins re-election in conservative Louisiana

By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana's voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump's popularity. With his focus on bipartisan, state-specific issues, the moderate Edwards cobbled together enough… → Read More

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

Edwards cobbled together enough cross-party support Saturday to defeat Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, getting about 51% of the vote. → Read More

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

Louisiana’s voters have reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, deep in the heart of the conservative South → Read More

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana's voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump's popularity. → Read More

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim... → Read More

Louisiana 2019 Runoff Election Results Recap

John Bel Edwards overcame a strong challenge from Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who had hoped Trump’s coattails would help him secure victory. → Read More

Democrats hold on to Louisiana governor’s seat despite Trump

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has stunned Republicans again, narrowly winning a second term Saturday as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor and handing Donald Trump another gubernatorial loss this year. In the heart of Trump country, the moderate Edwards cobbled together enough cross-party support with his focus on bipartisan, […] → Read More

Democrats hold on to Louisiana governor’s seat despite Trump

The president’s intense attention motivated not only conservative Republicans, but also powered a surge in anti-Trump and black voter turnout that helped Edwards. → Read More

Democrat John Bel Edwards reelected as Governor of Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has stunned Republicans again, narrowly winning a second term Saturday as the Deep South's only Democratic governor and handing Donald Trump another gubernatorial loss this year. → Read More

Louisiana voters pick between Democratic governor and Trump

The president’s repeated visits appeared to drive turnout, for both candidates. → Read More

Trump urges Louisianans to flip governor's office to GOP

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a race that has become a nail-biter, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards battled Saturday to defy the partisan odds in the ruby red South and win reelection to a seat that President Donald Trump desperately wants returned to Republicans. Trump has made the runoff election between the Deep South’s only Democratic governor and GOP political donor and businessman Eddie… → Read More

Louisiana voters pick between Democratic governor and Trump

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is battling to defy the partisan odds in the ruby red South and win reelection to a seat that President Donald Trump wants returned to Republicans → Read More

Louisiana voters pick between Democratic governor and Trump

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In a race that has become a nail-biter, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards battled Saturday to defy the partisan odds in the ruby red South and win reelection to a seat that President Donald Trump desperately wants returned to Republicans. → Read More

Louisiana Election Voter Guide: What You Need to Know

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. WWL-TV will have full team coverage and live election results as the votes are tallied throughout the night. → Read More