1979 Louisiana gubernatorial election

The 1979 Louisiana gubernatorial election resulted in the election of David Treen as the first Republican governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction in the disputed election of 1872. Incumbent Governor Edwin Edwards was ineligible to run for a third term, making it the only gubernatorial election in Louisiana between 1972 and 1991 to not feature Edwards as a candidate.

1979 Louisiana gubernatorial election

← 1975 October 27, 1979 (first round)
December 8, 1979 (runoff)
1983 →
Candidate Dave Treen Louis Lambert Jimmy Fitzmorris
Party Republican Democratic Democratic
First round 297,674
Runoff 690,691

Candidate Paul Hardy E. L. "Bubba" Henry Edgar G. "Sonny" Mouton, Jr.
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
First round 227,026
Runoff Eliminated Eliminated Eliminated

Parish results
Treen:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Lambert:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Edwin Edwards

Elected Governor

Dave Treen

This was the first gubernatorial election held after the adoption of the Louisiana primary in 1978.[1]

Background edit

Elections in Louisiana—with the exception of U.S. presidential elections—follow a variation of the open primary system called the jungle primary or the nonpartisan blanket primary. Candidates of any and all parties are listed on one ballot; voters need not limit themselves to the candidates of one party. Unless one candidate takes more than 50% of the vote in the first round, a run-off election is then held between the top two candidates, who may in fact be members of the same party. Texas uses this same format for its special elections. In this election, the first round of voting was held on October 27, 1979. The runoff was held on December 8, 1979.

Results edit

First voting round, October 27

Candidate Party affiliation Votes received Percent
David Treen Republican 297,674 21.79%
Louis Lambert Democrat 283,266 20.74%
Jimmy Fitzmorris Democrat 280,760 20.56%
Paul Hardy Democrat 227,026 16.62%
E.L. "Bubba" Henry Democrat 135,769 9.94%
Sonny Mouton Democrat 124,333 9.10%
Luther Devine Knox Democrat 6,327 0.46%
Ken Lewis Democrat 5,942 0.44%
Greg Nelson No Party 4,783 0.35%
Total 1,365,880 100%

Runoff, December 8

Candidate Party affiliation Votes received Percent
David Treen Republican 690,691 50.35%
Louis Lambert Democrat 681,134 49.65%
Total 1,371,825 100%
Preceded by
1975 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1983 gubernatorial election

References edit

  1. ^ Wayne, Stephen (2008). Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process Fifth Edition. Rowman & Littlefield.

Sources edit

State of Louisiana. Primary and General Election Returns, 1979.