President Trump gestures at his rally in Monroe, La., on Wednesday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump urged voters at a rally in Monroe, Louisiana, Wednesday night to back businessman Eddie Rispone's bid to unseat the state's Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), whom he labeled a "radical, liberal," ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff.

The big picture: Trump previously used the impeachment inquiry against him as a political rallying cry in Mississippi and Kentucky gubernatorial races — but its success in campaigns has yet to be seen. Democrats flipped Virginia's state Senate and House of Delegates in state elections Tuesday.

  • In Mississippi, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves beat Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood in a tight race to be elected Mississippi’s governor.
  • In Kentucky, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin formally requested a recanvass of votes for the state's gubernatorial race on Wednesday, after tailing behind Democratic opponent Andy Beshear by just over 5,000 votes.

What he's saying: At the rally, Trump also denounced the House impeachment inquiry as a "hoax" and recognized 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren's rise in the polls by resurrecting his "Pocahontas" slur in a fresh attack on the Massachusetts senator.

  • "Pocahontas is starting to rise from the ashes," he said, adding he "thought she was gone" over controversy surrounding her Native American heritage claims. (A DNA test last year showed "strong evidence" that she had a Native American ancestor 6–10 generations ago.)

Go deeper: Trump slams Dems in rallying cry for Kentucky governor ahead of race

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Texas and Louisiana face fresh flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta slowly approaching the Texas coast on Monday. Photo: National Weather Service/Twitter

Tropical Storm Beta was dumping heavy rains over Texas as it churned its way inland overnight, bringing the risk of "life-threatening storm surge" and flooding to parts of the state and Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

What's happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a disaster declaration and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency, as the states began feeling the impact of the slow-moving storm — which was causing coastal flooding along the bays including those near Houston and Galveston in Texas Monday, per the National Weather Service.

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  3. Health: CDC says it mistakenly published guidance about COVID-19 spreading through air.
  4. Media: Conservative blogger who spread COVID-19 misinformation worked for Fauci's agency.
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Louisville police declare state of emergency as Breonna Taylor decision looms

A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Louisville police chief declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

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