1975 Louisiana gubernatorial election

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Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1975

← 1971-72 November 1, 1975 1979 →
  Edwin Edwards.jpg No image.svg No image.svg
Candidate Edwin Edwards Bob Jones Wade O. Martin, Jr.
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 750,107 292,220 146,368
Percentage 62.4% 24.3% 12.2%

Governor before election

Edwin Edwards

Elected Governor

Edwin Edwards

The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1975 resulted in the re-election of Edwin Edwards to his second term as governor of Louisiana.


Elections in Louisiana—with the exception of U.S. presidential elections—follow a variation of the open primary system. 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 gubernatorial election held under the state's new open primary law – the first round of voting was held on November 1, 1975.

Although no runoff was needed, because of the way the new election law was written, an unopposed runoff was held on December 13. Edwards received 430,095 votes in it, according to figures recorded by the Louisiana Secretary of State's office. The Republicans did not field a candidate for the election. The law was later rewritten to where the unopposed runoff was not required if a candidate won an outright majority in the primary. This happened in the 1983 election, when Edwards won a third non-consecutive term over Republican incumbent David C. Treen.


First voting round, November 1

Candidate Party affiliation Votes received Percent
Edwin Edwards Democrat 750,107 62.35%
Robert G. "Bob" Jones Democrat 292,220 24.29%
Wade O. Martin, Jr. Democrat 146,368 12.17%
Ken Lewis Democrat 5,307 0.44%
Addison Roswell Thompson Democrat 4,664 0.39%
Cecilia M. Pizzo Democrat 4,338 0.36%


  • State of Louisiana. Primary and General Election Returns, 1975.
Preceded by
1971-72 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1979 gubernatorial election