Louisiana's Choice

The Christian Science Monitor, October 24, 1991 | Go to article overview

Louisiana's Choice


LOUISIANA has cooked up another political jambalaya.

The Bayou State's eccentric "nonpartisan" political primary has pushed a couple of vulnerable targets into the coming runoff election for governor.

Brushed aside in what came down to a three-man race was Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer, who failed to sell the legislature and the electorate on what many observers felt was a reasonable blueprint for addressing the state's fiscal and social problems.

Voters are to choose Nov. 16 between Democrat Edwin Edwards, who has served three rambunctious previous terms as governor, and Republican David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader and former American Nazi Party adherent.

At this point it appears that a majority of Louisiana voters may have been mousetrapped by a peculiar balloting procedure.

In a field of 12 - yes, 12 - the top three drew 93 percent of the vote. Mr. Edwards got 34 percent, Mr. Duke 32, and Mr. Roemer 27.

Despite his rational and essentially achievable program for lifting Louisiana out of the economic slough, Governor Roemer failed to convince fellow Louisianans. …

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