1983 Louisiana gubernatorial election
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|Elections in Louisiana|
Elections in Louisiana—with the exception of U.S. presidential elections—follow a variation of the open primary system called the jungle 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.
In this election, the first round of voting was held on October 22, 1983. Since Edwards won more than 50% of the votes on the first round, no runoff was needed. The runoff for other statewide offices which required one was November 19, 1983.
Treen became the first of three consecutive Louisiana governors to be denied re-election. Edwards himself was defeated by north Louisiana U.S. Representative Buddy Roemer in 1987, refusing to contest the runoff after trailing Roemer in the primary. Edwards came back in 1991, and along with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, combined to oust Roemer in the primary before Edwards routed Duke in the runoff to win a fourth gubernatorial term.
This was the first time that any contestant for the governors election in Louisiana received at least one million votes. Edwards also won 62 out of 64 parishes against Treen. Treen only carried Jefferson Parish, where he resided at the time; and St. Tammany Parish, where he would eventually move following completion of his term.
|Republican||Robert M. Ross||7,777||0.48%|
|Democratic||Ken "Cousin Ken" Lewis||4,117||0.26%|
|Independent||Michele A. Smith||2,253||0.14%|
|Independent||Joseph Thomas Robino, Jr.||1,038||0.06%|
|Democratic||Michael J. Musmeci, Sr.||1,032||0.06%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
(1) Gubernatorial Debate on September 7, 1983 
(2) Gubernatorial Debate on September 14, 1983 
(3) Election Special from LPB on October 21, 1983 detailing in-depth report on the statewide primary elections 
(4) Edwin Edwards Campaign Commercial "Edwin Edwards....Now" 
(5) Profile of Edwin Edwards from WWL-TV New Orleans on October 22, 1983 
(6) Edwards Victory Speech after winning landslide re-election to third term on WWL-TV New Orleans on October 22, 1983 
(7) LPB Coverage on the Primary Recap from October 28, 1983 
1979 gubernatorial election
|Louisiana gubernatorial elections||Succeeded by|
1987 gubernatorial election
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