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1974 Democratic Senate primary election in Louisiana

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Nominee Russell B. Long Sherman A. Bernard Annie Smart
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 520,606 131,540 44,341
Percentage 74.75% 18.89% 6.37%

U.S. senator before election

Russell Long

Elected U.S. Senator

Russell Long

The 1974 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on November 5, 1974. Incumbent Democratic Senator Russell Long was elected to a sixth term in office.

On August 17, Long won the Democratic primary with 74.75% 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



1974 United States Senate Democratic primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Russell Long (incumbent) 520,606 74.75%
Democratic Sherman A. Bernard 131,540 18.89%
Democratic Annie Smart 44,341 6.37%
Total votes 696,487 100.00

General election

1974 United States Senate election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Russell Long (incumbent) 434,643 100.00% Steady
Total votes 437,695 100.00%


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