Roemer: 30–40% 40–50% 50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
Edwards: 30–40% 40–50%
Livingston: 30–40% 40–50%
Tauzin: 30–40% 40–50%
|Elections in Louisiana|
The 1987 Louisiana gubernatorial election was held to elect the Governor of Louisiana. Three-term incumbent Democratic Governor Edwin Edwards lost re-election to a fourth term, defeated by Democratic congressman Buddy Roemer.
Under Louisiana's jungle primary system, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party, and voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. On October 24, 1987, Roemer and Edwards took the two highest popular vote counts and as neither took over 50% a runoff was schedule, but Edwards withdrew causing the runoff's cancellation.
In this election, the first round of voting was held on October 24. In second place, Edwin Edwards was entitled to face Roemer in the runoff, but he withdrew from the race after the first round of voting. Buddy Roemer, elected as a Democrat, switched his party affiliation to Republican during his term as governor.
First voting round, October 24
|1987 Louisiana gubernatorial election|
|Democratic||Edwin Edwards (incumbent)||437,801||27.93|
|Republican||Robert "Bob" Livingston||287,780||18.49|
|Democratic||James H. "Jim" Brown||138,223||8.92|
|Democratic||Speedy O. Long||18,738||1.20|
|Democratic||Earl J. Amedee||3,767||0.24|
|Democratic||Ken "Cousin Ken" Lewis||2,264||0.15|
Runoff did not occur due to Edwards withdrawing
1983 gubernatorial election
|Louisiana gubernatorial elections||Succeeded by|
1991 gubernatorial election
State of Louisiana. Primary and General Election Returns, 1987.