NEW ORLEANS — Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, seeking an unprecedented fourth term as Louisiana's chief executive, faced four major opponents in Saturday's primary, including three congressmen and Louisiana's secretary of state.
Between 70% and 74% of the state's 2.2 million voters were expected to cast ballots, Elections Commissioner Jerry Fowler said. Voters went to the polls, which opened at 6 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m., under mostly cloudy skies and some rain.
New Orleans officials reported a turnout by midday of between 75% and 80% of its electorate, an estimate echoed by officials in nearby suburban Jefferson Parish.
Elections Director Darrell Cobb said some precincts in Lafayette, in southwestern Louisiana, reported lines when the polls opened.
Voters Not Deterred
A heavy morning rain in Shreveport apparently failed to deter voters, said Registrar A. W. Fulcro, who reported a turnout of between 70% and 72%.