Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1987

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Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1987
← 1983 October 24, 1987 1991 →
  Buddy Roemer by Gage Skidmore.jpg Edwin Edwards.jpg
Nominee Buddy Roemer Edwin Edwards
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 516,128 434,802
Percentage 33.15% 27.93%

  BobLivingston.jpg Billy tauzin.jpg
Nominee Bob Livingston Billy Tauzin
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 287,770 154,444
Percentage 18.49% 9.92%

Nominee James H. "Jim" Brown
Party Democratic
Popular vote 138,824
Percentage 8.92%

Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1987.svg
Results by Parish. Red denotes parishes won by Buddy Roemer, blue denotes parishes won by Edwin Edwards, green denotes parishes won by Bob Livingston and orange denotes parishes won by Billy Tauzin

Governor before election

Edwin Edwards

Elected Governor

Buddy Roemer

The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1987 resulted in the election of Buddy Roemer as governor of Louisiana.


Elections in Louisiana, with the exception of presidential elections, follow a variation of the open primary system called the jungle primary. Candidates of 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 are sometimes members of the same party. In this election, the first round of voting was held on October 24, 1987. In second place, Edwin Edwards was entitled to face Roemer in the runoff, but he withdrew from the race after the first round of voting. Buddy Roemer, elected as a Democrat, switched his party affiliation to Republican during his term as governor.


Parishes won by Gubernatorial Candidates in the October 24, 1987 Election.
  Buddy Roemer (37)
  Edwin Edwards (20)
  Billy Tauzin (4)
  Bob Livingston (3)

First voting round, October 24

1987 Louisiana gubernatorial election
Party Candidate Votes  %
Democratic Buddy Roemer 516,078 33.15
Democratic Edwin Edwards (inc.) 437,801 27.93
Republican Robert "Bob" Livingston 287,780 18.49
Democratic Billy Tauzin 154,079 9.92
Democratic James H. "Jim" Brown 138,223 8.92
Democratic Speedy O. Long 18,738 1.20
Democratic Earl J. Amedee 3,767 0.24
Democratic Ken "Cousin Ken" Lewis 2,264 0.15
Total 1,558,730 100
Democratic hold

Runoff did not occur due to Edwards withdrawing

Preceded by
1983 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1991 gubernatorial election


State of Louisiana. Primary and General Election Returns, 1987.