Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1991

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Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1991
1987 ←
October 19 and November 16, 1991
→ 1995

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Nominee Edwin Edwards David Duke
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,057,031 671,009
Percentage 61% 39%

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Parish Results

Governor before election

Buddy Roemer

Elected Governor

Edwin Edwards

The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1991 resulted in the election of Edwin Edwards to his fourth non-consecutive term as governor of Louisiana. The election received national and international attention due to the unexpectedly strong showing of David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, who had ties to other white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.


In 1991 all elections in Louisiana—with the exception of U.S. presidential elections—followed a variation of the open primary system called the jungle primary (the system has since been abandoned for all federal elections but remains in use for state and local elections). 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 50% or more 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. In this election, the first round of voting was held on October 19, 1991, and the runoff was held on November 16.


Parishes won by Gubernatorial Candidates in the October 19, 1991 Election.
  Edwin Edwards (26)
  David Duke (31)
  Buddy Roemer (7)
Parishes won by Gubernatorial Candidates in the November 16, 1991 Runoff.
  Edwin Edwards (45)
  David Duke (19)

First voting round, October 19

Candidate Party affiliation Votes received Percent
Edwin Edwards Democrat 523,096 33.76%
David Duke Republican 491,342 31.71%
Buddy Roemer Republican 410,690 26.51%
Clyde C. Holloway Republican 82,683 5.34%
Sam S. Jones Democrat 11,847 0.76%
Ed Karst None/Other 9,663 0.62%
Fred Dent Democrat 7,385 0.48%
Anne Thompson Republican 4,118 0.27%
Jim Crowley Democrat 4,000 0.26%
Albert Powell Democrat 2,053 0.13%
Ronnie Johnson None/Other 1,372 0.09%
Cousin Ken Lewis Democrat 1,006 0.06%

Runoff, November 16

Candidate Party affiliation Votes received Percent
Edwin Edwards Democrat 1,057,031 61.17%
David Duke Republican 671,009 38.83%

Preceded by
1987 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1995 gubernatorial election


Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Division. Official Election Results Database