FILE - Ralph Abraham, John Bel Edwards, Eddie Rispone

U.S. Rep Ralph Abraham, R-La. (from left), Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and businessman Eddie Rispone.

An Emerson College poll ahead of Saturday’s Louisiana election finds incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards leading with 48 percent of the vote, just short of the majority he would need to win in the first round and avoid a November runoff.

Businessman Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham follow at 25 percent and 19 percent respectively, which the pollster calls a “statistical tie.” Independent Gary Landrieu is at 4 percent, Republican Patrick “Live Wire” Landry is at 3 percent and Democrat Oscar “Omar” Dantzler is at 1 percent, according to the poll, which has a stated margin of error of 4.5 percent.

In Louisiana, every candidate competes on the same primary ballot regardless of party. If no candidate wins a majority on Saturday, the top two will face off next month.

The same poll also finds 48 percent of Louisiana residents oppose impeaching President Donald Trump, compared to 43 percent in favor. The pollsters say that's more impeachment support than they expected, since Trump won the state by 20 points.

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David Jacobs is a Baton Rouge-based award-winning journalist who has written about government, politics, business and culture in Louisiana for almost 15 years. He joined The Center Square in 2018.