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1948 Democratic Senate primary election in Louisiana

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James R. Domengeaux.jpg
Nominee Allen Ellender James Domengeaux Charles S. Gerth
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 284,293 119,459 57,047
Percentage 61.70% 25.92% 12.38%

U.S. senator before election

Allen Ellender

Elected U.S. Senator

Allen Ellender

The 1948 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on November 2, 1948. Incumbent Senator Allen J. Ellender was re-elected to a third term in office.

On August 31, Ellender won the Democratic primary with 61.7% of the vote. At this time, Louisiana was a one-party state, and the Democratic nomination was tantamount to victory. Ellender won the November general election without an opponent.

Democratic primary



1948 United States Senate Democratic primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Allen J. Ellender (incumbent) 284,293 61.70%
Democratic James R. Domengeaux 119,459 25.92%
Democratic Charles S. Gerth 57,047 12.38%
Total votes 460,799 100.00%

General election

1948 United States Senate election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Allen J. Ellender (incumbent) 330,115 100.00% Steady
Total votes 330,115 100.00%


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