LOUISIANA 8 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Louisiana Department of Elections and Registration)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.
4,648,794
Total Registration, Nov. 2020
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Louisiana has: 64 parishes.
Largest parishes (200,000-plus): East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Orleans, Caddo, St. Tammany, Lafayette
Largest cities (100,000-plus): New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette.  

Government
Governor:  John Bel Edwards (D) elected 2015, re-elected 2019.
State Legislature: Louisiana State Legislature
Local: Parishes... LMA  NACO
U.S. House: 5R, 1D - 1. S.Scalise (R) | 2. C.Richmond (D) | 3. C.Higgins (R) | 4. M.Johnson (R) | 5. R.Abraham (R) | 6. G.Graves (R).   >
U.S. Senate: Bill Cassidy (R) seeking re-election in 2020, John Kennedy (R) elected in 2016.
2020
Note: The 2019 race for governor set the stage for 2020.
U.S. Senate:
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R) is seeking a second term.  The "jungle primary" is Nov. 3; including Cassidy, fifteen candidates are on the ballot.  The run-off, if needed, is Dec. 5.

U.S. House:
In CD-5 (northeast and central LA including Monroe and Alexandria) Rep. Ralph Abraham (R), first elected in 2014, is retiring.
State Legislature:  Elections were held on Oct. 12/Nov. 16, 2019.  Republicans control in both chambers.
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 The Pelican State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 13, 2020.


Early Voting:
Oct. 20-27, 2020.

On the ballot
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Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)


Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Carroll/Patel (AmSol.)


Simmons/Roze (BON)


Boddie/Stoneham (CUP)


Blankenship/Mohr (Const.)


Pierce/Ballard (F&P)


Hoefling/Prior (LLC)


Kenedy/Jarrett (SWP)


West/Tidball (BP)


Hammons/Bodenstab (UPA)





Ballot Access
Overview: Trump is seen as very likely to win the state's eight electoral votes.
 

Presidential Preference Primary -- Saturday, April 4, 2020 June 20, 2020 July 11, 2020
Democrats

60 Delegates: 35 District, 12 At-Large, 7 PLEO, 6 Unpledged.


Republicans 



General Election Winners in Louisiana, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
45.58%
Clinton
52.01%
Bush
52.55%
Bush
56.72%
McCain
58.56%
Romney
57.78%
Trump
58.09%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,380,951.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 60.0%


Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 11, 2016.
Early Voting: Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2016.


Turnout by party

Qualified Voters


Dem. 1,346,980 916,606 68.0%
Rep. 895,297 698,444 78.0%
Other 780,965 434,479 55.6%
Total 3,023,242 2,049,529 67.8%

Turnout by race

Qualified Voters


White 1,932,161 1,380,915
Black 941,353 584,028
Other 149,728 84,586
Total 3,023,242 2,049,529

Official Results >

 
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
780,154
(38.45)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.)
14,031
(0.69)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
37,978
(1.87)
+Trump/Pence (Rep.)
1,178,638
(58.09)
Castle/Bradley (Const.)
3,129
(0.15)
McMullin/Johnson (CCS)
8,547
(0.42)
Kotlikoff/Lea (IIOC)
1,048
(0.05)
Hoefling/Schulin (LFC)
1,581
(0.08)
Jacob/Fambro (LTC)
749
(0.04)
La Riva/Puryear (PSL)
446
-
White/Niemuth (SEq)
370
-
Kennedy/Hart (SWP)
480
-
Keniston/Taylor (Vet.)
1,881
(0.09)
Total........2,029,032

Overview: Record setting floods hit southern Louisiana in Aug. 2016, creating the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy.
   In terms of visits, all the activity was in August.  Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence visited fllood-damaged areas in and around Baton Rouge on Aug. 19.  Sen. Tim Kaine made several stops in New Orleans on Aug. 10-11, doing a fundraiser and an unannounced stop at a tavern and addressing the Progressive National Baptist Convention.  Dr. Jill Stein visited flood-damaged areas in Baton Rouge on Aug. 21 and met with residents and relief workers in Denham Springs the next day.
   Trump/Pence amassed a plurality of 398,484 votes (19.64 percentage points), carrying 54 parishes to ten for the Democratic ticket.  Trump's 58.06-percent of the vote was right in line with Republican results since the 2004 presidential election, whille Clinton's 38.45 percent was the lowest since the Mondale/Ferraro ticket in 1984.
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,302,514.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 60.4%.


Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2012.
Early Voting: October 23-30, 2012.



Early Voting Total: 356,603
          Dem. 181,680   
           Rep. 122,843   
          Other   52,080



Official Results >

 
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
809,141
(40.58)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
6,978
(0.35)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
18,157
(0.91)
+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
1,152,262
(57.78)
Goode/Clymer (Const.)
2,508
(0.13)
Anderson/Rodriguez (Just.)
1,368
(0.07)
Fellure/Davis (Prohib.)
518
( 0.03)
Lindsay/Osorio (S&L)
622
(0.03)
White/Scherrer (SEQ)
355
(0.02)
Harris/Kennedy (SW)
389
(0.02)
Tittle/Turner (WTP)
1,767
(0.09)
Total........1,994,065

2012 Overview
Romney/Ryan amassed a plurality of 343,121 votes (17.20 percentage points), carrying 54 parishes to 10 for Obama/Biden.  Candidates made a handful of visits to Lousiana (+).  On the Republican side, Gov. Bobby Jindal was frequently mentioned as a potential running mate for Romney, and he went on to serve as a surrogate for the campaign.
Obama  | 
(Romney)
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,158,676.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 62.1%
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Total Registration (active and inactive):
2,945,618
Dem. 1,546,582 (52.50%)   Rep. 744,104 (25.26%)   Other Parties 654,932 (22.23%). 

Official Results >


Obama/Biden (Dem.)
782,989
(39.93)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn)
9,187
(0.47)
+McCain/Palin (Rep.)
1,148,275
(58.56)
Baldwin/Castle (Const.)
2,581
(0.13)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.)
6,997
(0.36)
Paul/Goldwater, Jr. (LTP)
9,368
(0.48)
Amondson/Pletten (Prohib.)
275
(0.01)
La Riva/Puryear (S&L)
354
(0.02)
Harris/Kennedy (SWP)
735
(0.04)
Total........1,960,761

2008 Overview
Louisiana (see also Arkansas) is one of few states where the Obama-Biden ticket fared worse, in terms of both raw votes and share of the vote, than the Kerry-Edwards ticket had in 2004.  McCain-Palin amassed a plurality of 365,286 votes (18.63 percentage points), carrying 54 parishes to 10 for Obama-Biden.
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader


General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,182,762.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 61.1%.


Last day to register to vote is Oct. 4, 2004.  Absentee voting Oct. 21-26, 2004.
Official Results
all 4,124 precincts reporting


Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
820,299
(42.22)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,102,169
(56.72)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.) 5,203 (0.27)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 2,781
(0.14)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.)
1,276
(0.07)
Amondson/Pletten (Prohib.)
1,566
(0.08)
Brown/Hebert (PWF)
1,795
(0.09)
Harris/Trowe (SWP)
985
(0.05)
Nader/Camejo (Better Life)
7,032
(0.36)
Total........1,943,106
 

Note: There were 5,880 provisional ballots; 2,312 were counted and 3,568 rejected.
2004 Overview
The Kerry campaign iniatially saw Louisiana as a competitive state; there were a few visits and it ran advertising starting in May.  However in late July the campaign pulled back on advertising; in the Fall it scratched plans for advertising starting in early October.  Bush won by a comfortable plurality of  281,870 votes (14.50 percentage points), carrying 54 parishes to 10 for Kerry.
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush/Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,130,267.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 56.4%.

Absentee voting in person from 12 days to 6 days prior to the election: 61,147 persons.

Total Registration: 2,730,380.
Official Results          


Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
 792,344
(44.88)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
 14,356
(0.81)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
 927,871
(52.55)
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)
 5,483
(0.31)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
20,473
(1.16)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
2,951
(0.17)
Hagelin/Ticciati (NLP)
1,075
 (0.06)
Harris/Trowe (SWP)
1,103
 (0.06)
Total........1,765,656


2000 Overview
Bush prevailed in a neighboring state, gaining a plurality of 135,527 votes (7.67 percentage points).  Bush carried 50 parishes to 14 for Gore.  This marked a sizable shift from 1996 when Clinton/Gore had won the state by a 12% margin.  In late summer and early September, Louisiana was seen as likely to have a tight race, but by October Bush had an edge.  Louisianans also voted on four constitutional amendments; Amendments 2 and 3, a tax package backed by the governor, failed.
General Election Activities

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Clinton (Dem.)......815,971
(45.58)
Bush (Rep.).........733,386
(40.97)
Perot (P,A,R).......211,478
(11.81)
Gritz (AmFirst).......18,545
(1.04)
Others (7)..............10,637
(0.59)
Total........1,790,017

1996
Clinton (Dem.)......927,837
(52.01)
Dole (Rep.)..........712,586
(39.94)
Perot (Ref.)..........123,293 
(6.91)
Others (5)..............20,243
(0.90)
Total........1,783,959