1978 United States Senate election in Louisiana

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Nominee J. Bennett Johnston Woody Jenkins
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 498,773 340,896
Percentage 59.40% 40.60%

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Parish results
Johnston:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Jenkins:      50-60%

U.S. senator before election

J. Bennett Johnston

Elected U.S. Senator

J. Bennett Johnston

The open primary election for the 1978 United States Senate election in Louisiana was held on September 16, 1978.

Incumbent Senator J. Bennett Johnston won the election with 59.40% of the vote and was declared elected by a majority, dispelling the need for a general election in November.


Democratic Party


Primary election

1978 U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic J. Bennett Johnston (incumbent) 498,773 59.40%
Democratic Woody Jenkins 340,896 40.60%
Total votes 839,669 100.00%

General election

By virtue of Johnston's majority of the vote in the primary election, he was unopposed in the general election. Under Louisiana state law at the time, it was not required to tabulate votes for unopposed candidates.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "LA US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1979). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.