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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

LOUISIANA

Race Summary

Senate    (3880 of 3880 precincts reporting)
Breaux (D) * 64%     Donelon (R) 32%    
House 01    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
Livingston (R) * 0%    
House 02    (469 of 469 precincts reporting)
Jefferson (D) * 86%     Reed (I) 1%    
House 03    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
Tauzin (R) * 0%    
House 04    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
McCrery (R) * 0%    
House 05    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
Cooksey (R) * 0%    
House 06    (530 of 530 precincts reporting)
McKeithen (D) 49%     Baker (R) * 51%    
House 07    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
John (D) * 0%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:39 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

SENATE: Sen. John B. Breaux (D), first elected in 1986, is seeking a third term. He will face state Rep. Jim Donelon (R), among other candidates in the open primary race.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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POLL HOURS

7 a.m. ET (6 a.m. CT) to 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Gov. Mike Foster (R); first election 1995; next election in 1999.
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D); first election 1996; next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (East; parts of New Orleans; Metairie):
    No Democratic candidate; Robert L. Livingston (inc.) (R)
  • CD2 (East; New Orleans):
    William J. Jefferson (inc.) (D) David Reed (D) Don-Terry Veal (D); no republican candidate
  • CD3 (South Central; Houma; New Iberia):
    No Democratic candidate; W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (inc.) (R)
  • CD4 (Northwest, West; Shreveport; Bossier City):
    No Democratic candidate; Jim McCrery (inc.) (R)
  • CD5 (Northeast, Central; Monroe; Alexandria):
    No Democratic candidate; John Cooksey (R)
  • CD6 (South Central; Baton Rouge):
    Marjorie McKeithen (D); Richard H. Baker (inc.) (R)
  • CD7 (Southwest; Lake Charles; Lafayette):
    Chris John (inc.) (D); no republican candidate


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    PRIMARY DATE

    November 3
    (if no one candidate receives over 50% of the vote then a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held on December 5)

    Primary results

    (November 3 runoff)

    Runoff results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    August 21


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 2


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 2 Democrats
    U.S. House of Representatives: 2 Democrats, 5 Republicans
    State Senate: 25 Democrats, 14 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 78 Democrats, 27 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: No elections this year; off-year elections next in 1999.
    House: No elections this year; off-year elections next in 1999.


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 3,131,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: 2,675,000 (9/98)

    Democrats:  1,673,929  62.6%
    
    Republicans:  573,965  21.5%
    
    Other:  427,106  15.9%

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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    9


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Clinton won in 1996; Clinton in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Carter in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Wallace in 1968; Goldwater in 1964; Kennedy in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1996

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Clinton 52%
    Dole 40%
    Perot 7%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Clinton 46%
    Bush 41%
    Perot 12%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush 54%
    Dukakis 44%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 61%
    Mondale 38%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan 51%
    Carter 46%
    Anderson 2%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 4,351,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 70.3%
    African American: 27.9%
    Asian: 0.9%
    Native American: 0.4%
    Other/Undecided: 0.5%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 2.2% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Baton Rouge
    State Nicknames: Pelican State, Sportsman's Paradise, Creole State, Sugar State

    Louisiana is the home of political scandal -- from Huey Long's penchant for bribery, intimidation and force to make his political machine run smoothly both as governor and senator, to David Duke, the once active Nazi sympathizer who ran for Senate, governor and then president. Tough economic times in the mid-1980s led Louisiana to lean Democratic at the same time other Southern states were moving toward the GOP. Clinton won the state in both 1996 and 1992. Louisiana was one of only five states (Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia are the others) to vote for George Wallace (who ran under the American Independent party) in 1968. (Note: North Carolina cast one of its 13 electoral votes for Wallace.) ("Guide to U.S. Elections")


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Louisiana Secretary of State Home Page
    http://www.sec.state.la.us/
    Louisiana Office of Elections
    http://www.state.la.us/state/soon.htm
    Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster's Home Page
    http://http://www.gov.state.la.us/
    Louisiana State Senate
    http://www.legis.state.la.us/sen/SENATE.HTM
    Louisiana State House of Representatives
    http://www.legis.state.la.us/reps/house.htm

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    KNOE (Monroe)
    http://www.knoe.com/
    KSLA (Shreveport)
    http://www.ksla.com/index.htm

    State Newspapers

    Baton Rouge Advocate
    http://www.theadvocate.com
    New Orleans Times-Picayune
    http://http://www.nolalive.com/

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 27, 1998



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