Counting Virginia and Kentucky I believe this counts as strike three.
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won a second term Saturday to remain the only Democratic governor in the Deep South despite an all-out effort by President Donald Trump to flip the seat to the Republican column.
Edwards narrowly beat wealthy Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who invested more than $14 million of his own money to finance his campaign and tied himself to Trump from start to finish.
Trump headlined three Louisiana rallies to oust Edwards, first in Lake Charles on the eve of the Oct. 12 primary election and then in Monroe and Bossier City during the runoff campaign.
The president told Louisiana voters the race was a symbolic referendum on his presidency, which he said is under attack by Democrats who’ve started impeachment hearings in the House.
“I need you to send a message to the corrupt Democrats in Washington,” Trump said Thursday during a rally in Bossier City.
And that could be done, Trump said, by electing Rispone.
“You’ve got to give me a big win, OK?” Trump told the crowd.
The president continued the onslaught on Twitter during Election Day Saturday: “Good morning Louisiana! … Get out and VOTE for @EddieRisone to be your next Gov!”
But in the end Trump’s coattails weren’t long enough to carry Rispone across the finish line.
Damn! Trump is almost on his hands and knees begging for a win, and he still falls short.
And remember it was just a few days ago that his favorite Matt Bevin conceded the gubernatorial election to his challenger Democrat Andy Beshear.
Trump pulled out all of the stops on that one as well and also suggested that if Bevin lost the voters of Kentucky would be lettting him down personally.
“You can’t do that to me.”
I am not yet sure we are seeing a mandate, but with every one of these losses in deep red states Donald Trump has to be feeling that the walls are closing in.