United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2002

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United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2002
1996 ←
November 5, 2002 → 2008

  Mary Landrieu, official photo portrait, 2007.jpg
Nominee Mary Landrieu Suzanne Haik Terrell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 638,654 596,642
Percentage 51.70% 48.30%


Parish Results

U.S. Senator before election

Mary Landrieu

Elected U.S. Senator

Mary Landrieu

The 2002 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu won re-election to a second term.

During the run-off, Landrieu was out-spent three-to-one by Republican contender Suzanne Haik Terrell, the Louisiana Elections Commissioner. Terrell also had prominent Republicans including President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney visit Louisiana to campaign on her behalf. Republicans, confident of victory having gained seats in the elections to the House of Representatives and to the Senate, solidifying control of the former and taking control of the latter, publicly called the election "Operation Icing on the Cake".[1][2] Some Democrats responded by calling their efforts "Operation Wipe that Smirk off of Bush's Face"[3] and dubbed Landrieu's subsequent run-off victory, "Operation Pie in the Face".[4]





  • Live Wire Landry
  • James Lemann
  • Gary D. Robbins

Initial results[edit]

Louisiana United States Senate jungle primary election, November 5, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mary Landrieu 573,347 46.00
Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell 339,506 27.24
Republican John Cooksey 171,752 13.78
Republican Tony Perkins 119,776 9.61
Democratic Raymond Brown 23,553 1.89
Independent Patrick E. "Live Wire" Landry 10,442 0.84
Independent James Lemann 3,866 0.31
Libertarian Gary D. Robbins 2,423 0.19
Republican Ernest Edward Skillman, Jr. 1,668 0.13
Turnout 1,246,333

Run off results[edit]

Louisiana United States Senate election runoff, 7 December 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mary Landrieu 638,654 51.70 +1.53
Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell 596,642 48.30 -1.53
Majority 42,012 3.4 +3.06
Turnout 1,235,296
  Democratic hold


  1. ^ Landrieu Faces Terrell for Senate in Louisiana Runoff Race Ms Magazine, 6 December 2002
  2. ^ Reversal of Fortune American Prospect, 12 December 2002
  3. ^ More thoughts on Louisiana victories Daily Kos, 8 December 2002
  4. ^ Operation "Pie in the Face": Dems sweep LA Daily Kos, 8 December 2002

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