1967 Louisiana Democratic gubernatorial primary

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Candidate John McKeithen John Rarick
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 836,304 179,846
Percentage 80.64% 17.34%

Governor before election

John McKeithen

Elected Governor

John McKeithen

The 1968 Louisiana gubernatorial election was held on February 4, 1968. Incumbent Democratic Governor John McKeithen was re-elected to a second term in office. This was the first election in which the Governor was eligible for re-election to a second consecutive term, following a 1966 constitutional referendum. It was also the first election after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which brought thousands of African Americans into the electorate for the first time.

The 1967 primary election resulted in the overwhelming re-nomination of John McKeithen to his second consecutive term as governor, the result of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1966, which allows Louisiana governors to serve two back-to-back terms.[1]

On November 4, 1967, McKeithen won the Democratic primary with 80.64% of the vote. At this time the Louisiana Republican Party rarely fielded candidates (though they had in 1964), so the Democratic nomination was tantamount to victory. McKeithen won the general election without an opponent.

Democratic primary



1967 Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John McKeithen (incumbent) 836,304 80.64%
Democratic John Rarick 179,846 17.34%
Democratic Cy D. F. Courtney 8,698 0.84%
Democratic Frank Joseph Ahern 7,152 0.69%
Democratic Addison Roswell Thompson 5,102 0.49%
Total votes 1,037,102 100.00%

General election

This is the most recent time to date that there was no Republican running in the contest for governor.

Preceded by
1964 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1972 gubernatorial election


Louisiana Secretary of State. Primary Election Returns, 1967


  1. ^ "Louisiana Governors 1877–present". Archived from the original on 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2 July 2012.