BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) – Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry submitted the paperwork Thursday to put President Donald Trump’s name on the Louisiana ballot.
Trump outperformed the state by 20 percentage points in 2016 and is expected to easily win the red state a second time.
Landry appeared with GOP Chairman Louis Gurvich and Republican Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, among others, to officially register Trump for his reelection offer in Louisiana.
The registration deadline for the Louisiana presidential primary on April 4 is Friday.
The election is a rare closed party in Louisiana, a state where, in general, all candidates regardless of the party can compete against each other at the same time.
This means that only registered Republicans can vote on the April vote to determine who will win the state’s GOP presidential nomination, while only registered Democrats can vote among the candidates for the state’s democratic presidential nomination.
Trump has drawn three competitors for the Republican nomination in Louisiana, while eleven candidates have so far registered for democratic competition.