Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1983

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Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1983
← 1979 October 22, 1983 1987 →
  Edwin Edwards.jpg Dave Treen.jpg
Nominee Edwin Edwards David Treen
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,006,561 588,508
Percentage 62.29% 36.42%

Governor before election

David Treen

Elected Governor

Edwin Edwards

The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1983 resulted in the election of Edwin Edwards as governor of Louisiana, defeating incumbent David Treen.


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.[2] 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.

This was the first time that any contestant for the governors election in Louisiana received at least one million votes.[citation needed]


First voting round, October 22

Candidate Party affiliation Votes received Percent
Edwin Edwards Democrat 1,006,561 62.29%
David Treen Republican 588,508 36.42%
Robert M. Ross Republican 7,625 0.47%
Ken "Cousin Ken" Lewis Democrat 4,128 0.26%
Charley Moore No Party 2,391 0.15%
Floyd W. Smith, Jr. Democrat 2,314 0.14%
Michele A. Smith No Party 2,299 0.14%
Joseph Thomas Robino, Jr. No Party 1,048 0.06%
Michael J. Musmeci, Sr. Democrat 1,031 0.06%

Preceded by
1979 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1987 gubernatorial election


State of Louisiana. Primary and General Election Returns, 1983.