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1930 Democratic Senate primary election in Louisiana

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Nominee Huey Long Joseph Ransdell
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 149,640 111,451
Percentage 57.31% 42.69%

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Parish Results

U.S. senator before election

Joseph E. Ransdell

Elected U.S. Senator

Huey Long

The 1930 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on November 4, 1930.

On September 9, Governor of Louisiana Huey Long defeated incumbent Senator Joseph E. Ransdell in the Democratic primary with 57.31% of the vote.

At this time, Louisiana was a one-party state, and the Democratic nomination was tantamount to victory. Long won the November general election without an opponent.

Democratic primary


The incumbent governor of Louisiana, Huey Long, decided to challenge the incumbent senator Ransdell as a referendum on his program in the state. Huey ran with the support of his own machine while the new regulars merged with the old regulars to support Ransdell.



1930 United States Senate Democratic primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Huey Long 149,640 57.31%
Democratic Joseph E. Ransdell (incumbent) 111,451 42.69%
Total votes 261,091 100.00%

General election

1930 United States Senate election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Huey Long 130,536 99.98% Decrease0.02
Write-in All others 24 0.02% Increase0.02
Total votes 130,560 100.00%


  1. ^ "LA US Senate – D Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "LA US Senate". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 24, 2020.