1952 Louisiana gubernatorial election
|Elections in Louisiana|
The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1952 was held in two rounds on January 15 and February 19, 1952. Like most Southern states between the Reconstruction Era and the Civil Rights Movement, Louisiana's Republican Party was virtually nonexistent in terms of electoral support.
This meant that the two Democratic Party primary elections held on these dates were the real contest over who would be governor of Louisiana. The 1952 election saw the defeat of Long candidate Carlos Spaht, and the election of Robert F. Kennon as governor.
In the low-turnout general election held on April 22, 1952, Kennon defeated Harrison Bagwell, a Baton Rouge lawyer and only the second Louisiana Republican gubernatorial nominee since Reconstruction. Kennon received 118,723 votes (96 percent) to Bagwell's 4,958 votes (4 percent).
First Democratic Party Primary, January 15
|Robert F. Kennon||163,434||21.46%|
|James M. McLemore||116,405||15.28%|
|William J. "Bill" Dodd||90,925||11.94%|
|Dudley J. LeBlanc||62,906||8.26%|
|Lucille May Grace||4,832||0.63%|
Second Democratic Party Primary, February 19
|Robert F. Kennon||482,302||61.44%|
1948 gubernatorial election
|Louisiana gubernatorial elections||Succeeded by|
1956 gubernatorial election
- Michael J. Dubin. United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1932-1952: The Official Results by State and County. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company. pp. 103–104. ISBN 978-0-7864-7034-1. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
Louisiana Secretary of State. Democratic Primary Election Returns, 1952.
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