Edwards: 50–60% 60–70% 70–80% 80–90%
Treen: 50-60% 60-70%
|Elections in Louisiana|
The 1972 Louisiana gubernatorial election was held on February 1, 1972. Edwin Edwards defeated Republican candidate David Treen to become Governor of Louisiana.
Party primaries were held on November 6, 1971, and a run-off was held for the Democratic nomination on December 18, 1971. These were the last closed primaries for Governor of Louisiana before the state adopted its current primary election system.
Early in the campaign, conventional wisdom of many political analysts predicted that the race's top candidates would be Gillis Long, Jimmie Davis, and C.C. "Taddy" Aycock. However, the two candidates to make the runoff, Edwin Edwards and J. Bennett Johnston, were relative newcomers to the Louisiana political scene, despite Edwards' Congressional tenure.
Cousins Gillis and Speedy Long both ran in a rematch of their 1964 primary race for Congress when Speedy unseated Gillis. Ironically, Gillis reclaimed that House seat the next year when Speedy retired after Edwards and the Louisiana Legislature redistricted him into the same district as longtime incumbent Otto Passman.
|Democratic||J. Bennett Johnston||208,830||17.79%|
|Democratic||Gillis William Long||164,276||13.99%|
|Democratic||Jimmie H. Davis||138,756||11.82%|
|Democratic||John G. Schwegmann||92,072||7.84%|
|Democratic||Samuel Bell Sr.||72,486||6.17%|
|Democratic||Frank T. Salter Jr.||32,203||2.74%|
|Democratic||Warren J. "Puggy" Moity||8,965||0.76%|
|Democratic||David L. Chandler||7,244||0.62%|
|Democratic||Huey P. Coleman||4,833||0.41%|
|Democratic||Harold Lee Bethune II||3,032||0.26%|
|Democratic||Wilford L. Thompson Sr.||2,535||0.21%|
|Democratic||Addison Roswell Thompson||1,924||0.16%|
|Democratic||J. Bennett Johnston||579,774||49.81%||32.02|
|Republican||Robert Max Ross||839||7.94%|
1967 gubernatorial election
|Louisiana gubernatorial elections||Succeeded by|
1975 gubernatorial election
Louisiana Secretary of State. Primary Election Returns, 1971