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Judge orders anti-Edwards ad down in Louisiana governor race

Edwards and Rispone debated on Oct. 9, 2019, before the Oct. election. They will meet again on Oct. 30. (Source: Gray TV)
Edwards and Rispone debated on Oct. 9, 2019, before the Oct. election. They will meet again on Oct. 30. (Source: Gray TV)(KNOE)
Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 1:22 PM CST
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A New Orleans judge has ordered Republican groups to remove their TV attack ad against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards from the air, after a lawsuit challenged the ad’s claims as “demonstrably false.”

The Wednesday ruling from Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott gives a victory to the Democratic governor. Edwards is in a tight governor’s race against Republican businessman Eddie Rispone and only days away from Saturday’s election.

The ad claims Edwards gave his West Point roommate favorable treatment in contracting for coastal project work. It was run by two GOP-backed groups, Truth in Politics and the Causeway Connection PAC. Causeway Connection intends to appeal the ruling.

Truth in Politics tweaked the ad, changing some of its wording, after facing blowback about inaccuracy. Ervin-Knott ordered even the reworked ad to come down.

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