The Louisiana Republican Party is expected to defy the national party leadership Saturday by nominating U.S. Rep. Clyde C. Holloway for governor, shunning incumbent Gov. Buddy Roemer, who switched from the Democratic to Republican Party in March.
The nomination of Holloway, a little-known conservative with strong ties to the state's anti-abortion movement, will further splinter a crowded field in the fall election. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon David Duke is running as a Republican, and as many as five Democrats, including former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, have declared as well.
The Republican National Committee has already pledged strong support for Roemer's reelection, including campaign staff and visits from President Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle and various Cabinet members.
But Roemer offended the leadership of the tiny state GOP by not informing it of his decision to turn Republican until the night before his announcement. The nomination of Holloway by the state caucus in Lafayette on Saturday is considered so certain that Roemer refused to participate in the process.