Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his plans to enter the race for Governor of Louisiana.

Abraham, a Monroe native, tells KEEL listeners that his announcement to seek the state's top office, has been in the formative stages for some time, but the announcements of Senator John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry to forego a run solidified his plans.

Details on the Abraham announcement from dailyjournal.net:

"U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham jumped into the Louisiana governor’s race Thursday, becoming the second Republican to announce he’ll challenge Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in the 2019 election and ensuring a fractured GOP field.

“I’m running for governor, and I intend to win,” Abraham said in a brief statement announcing that he’ll have an official campaign launch early next year.

A family medicine doctor from rural northeast Louisiana, Abraham joins wealthy Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone as the Republican contenders vying to keep Edwards from a second term. Rispone, a first-time office-seeker, has said he’s willing to spend $5 million of his own cash on the race, while Abraham will have to rely more heavily on donors for his campaign."