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David Duke vs. Edwin Edwards: A 1991 election reflection

THEN: For politically minded Louisianians, the period from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16, 1991, was a prolonged nightmare, an ordeal akin to watching a hurricane build in the Gulf of Mexico and waiting to see where it will strike. David Duke, the white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, had elbowed past Gov. Buddy Roemer in the October primary to get into the gubernatorial runoff a month later with three-time former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards. The contest pitted Duke, a Republican, against a Democrat who had winked at rumors of a fast-and-loose lifestyle involving, among other things, women and gambling. In what many saw as a lose-lose proposition, Edwards won with slightly more than 61 percent of the vote.

NOW: Both men have left electoral politics, but not without a shot at a last hurrah. Edwards, who lives in Gonzales with his third wife and their young son, ran for Congress in 2014. Duke, who lives in Mandeville, was one of two dozen candidates vying to succeed U.S. Sen. David Vitter last year. Both lost…


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