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1944 Democratic Senate primary election in Louisiana

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Nominee John H. Overton E.A. Stephens Griffin Hawkins
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 151,886 68,408 19,067
Percentage 61.64% 27.76% 7.74%

U.S. senator before election

John H. Overton

Elected U.S. Senator

John H. Overton

The 1944 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on November 7, 1944. Incumbent Democratic Senator John H. Overton was elected to a third term in office.

On September 12, Overton won the Democratic primary with 61.64% of the vote.

At this time, Louisiana was a one-party state (no other party had run a candidate for Senate since the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment), and the Democratic nomination was tantamount to victory. Overton won the November general election without an opponent.

Democratic primary



1944 United States Senate Democratic primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John H. Overton (incumbent) 151,886 61.64%
Democratic E.A. Stephens 68,408 24.76%
Democratic Griffin T. Hawkins 19,067 7.74%
Democratic Charles S. Gerth 7,069 2.87%
Total votes 246,430 100.00%

General election

1944 United States Senate election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John H. Overton (incumbent) 287,365 100.00% Increase0.16
Total votes 287,365 100.00%


  1. ^ "LA US Senate – D Primary". Retrieved 24 Jan 2020.
  2. ^ "LA US Senate". Retrieved 24 Jan 2020.