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President-elect Trump fires-up get-out-to-vote rally for John Kennedy

President-Elect Donald Trump (FOX 8 Photo) President-Elect Donald Trump (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

President-Elect Donald Trump won the majority of votes cast by Louisiana voters on Nov. 8 and now he wants to make sure another Republican is victorious when Louisiana voters head to the polls Saturday.

"If you go to the polls, he's going to win. If you don't go to the polls, he's not going to win," Trump said.

Trumped stopped in Baton Rouge for a get-out-the-vote rally for fellow Republican John Kennedy. Kennedy faces Democrat Foster Campbell in Saturday’s run-off election to fill the U.S. Senate seat longtime Sen. David Vitter is vacating after deciding not to seek reelection.

"We need you to go to the polls and send John Kennedy to the United States Senate, and that's why I'm down here. He's a great guy,” Trump said to the enthusiastic crowd at a Dow Chemical hangar.

Trump told those in attendance that Kennedy would help him enact his agenda.

"Includes protecting the Second Amendment, repealing and replacing Obamacare, securing our Southern border - we'll build the wall, that's true - we're going to build the wall. Well, if John's not there maybe we can't build the wall. Now I know you're going to come out,” Trump said as the crowd chanted, "build that wall, build that wall."

"I can't believe this. I mean last weekend Vice President-Elect Pence was here, now President-Elect Donald Trump. This is way above my pay-grade folks,” said Kennedy onstage.

Campbell tried to get in front of the Trump publicity machine by calling a morning news conference Friday morning before Trump’s afternoon arrival.

"It show his campaign is close, this is close, it's not like they would like you to believe. Mr. Kennedy, it's close or he wouldn't have Mr. Trump here,” Campbell said.

Recent polls show Kennedy well ahead of Campbell, but Campbell believes his campaign as reached thousands of voters, and he said if his supporters turn out he can win.

"I think Mr. Trump is very popular in Louisiana so they asked him to come down to make sure they win. We've been working hard, nobody's knocked on 350,000 doors ever in the history of the state of Louisiana, we've had young people from all over America coming here working very hard, committed to trying to help us win,” said Campbell.

"For Foster Campbell and any Democrat running for statewide office, it's always an uphill climb, having the President-Elect Trump come doesn't help him because it motivates voters for his opponents,” said FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman. 

Republicans already control the U.S. Senate.

"For Democrats clinging to one last hope to narrow that gap, 51-49, versus 52-48, Foster Campbell is their last hope,” Sherman added.

Campbell has the support of Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, but he said his national party failed to step up to assist him for the runoff.

"The state democratic party has helped, the national democratic party has not helped and it's a shame, but we didn't their help. If we would have needed it we would have been in trouble,” said Campbell.

And on the eve of the election, Kennedy had the president-elect sounding themes that are important to many Louisiana voters.

"We've lost our great jobs and you know this is going to be a big part because you're the energy business more than most places (cheers) and we're going to see refineries and we're going to see pipelines, so get out there and vote,” Trump said.

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