United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2004

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United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2004
1998 ←
November 2, 2004 → 2010

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Nominee David Vitter Chris John
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 943,014 542,150
Percentage 51.03% 29.34%


Parish Results

U.S. Senator before election

John Breaux

Elected U.S. Senator

David Vitter

The 2004 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on November 2, 2004. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator John Breaux decided to retire. Republican U.S. Representative David Vitter won the jungle primary with 51% of the vote and avoided a runoff.

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Breaux endorsed Chris John prior to the jungle primary.[1]

During the campaign, Vitter was accused by a member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee of having had a lengthy affair with a prostitute in New Orleans. Vitter responded that the allegation was "absolutely and completely untrue" and that it was "just crass Louisiana politics."[2]

Vitter won the Louisiana senatorial jungle primary with 51.0 percent of the vote. The field of opponents including two major Democrats, then Seventh Congressional District Congressman Christopher John, who got 29.4 percent of the vote, and state Treasurer John Neely Kennedy (no relation to the Massachusetts Kennedys), who got 15.1 percent.

Vitter won at least a plurality in 56 of Louisiana's 64 parishes. John carried nine parishes, all but two of which (Iberville and Orleans) are part of the House district he represented.

Kennedy changed parties and ran as Republican in 2008 against Louisiana's senior senator, Democrat Mary Landrieu. Landrieu won her third term in that election.

Vitter was the first Republican in Louisiana to be popularly elected as a U.S. Senator. The previous Republican Senator, William Pitt Kellogg, was chosen by the state legislature in 1876, in accordance with the process used before the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect in 1914.[3]


Louisiana United States Senate election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican David Vitter 943,014 51.03
Democratic "Chris" John 542,150 29.34
Democratic John Kennedy 275,821 14.92
Democratic Arthur A. Morrell 47,222 2.56
Independent Richard M. Fontanesi 15,097 0.82
Independent R. A. "Skip" Galan 12,463 0.67
Democratic Sam Houston Melton, Jr. 12,289 0.66
Majority 400,864 21.69
Turnout 1,848,056
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

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