Edwin Edwards

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Edwin Edwards
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U.S. House, Louisiana, District 6
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionDecember 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of Louisiana
1972-1980, 1984-1988, 1992-1996
U.S. House of Representatives
Edwin Edwards was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1][2][3][4] Edwards received enough votes on the November 4, 2014 general election to participate in a runoff against Garret Graves (R). He was defeated by Graves in the December 6, 2014 runoff.[5]

Edwards was the longest serving governor in the history of Louisiana. He also ranked 6th in the list of longest serving governors in American history. His tenure was more than twice that of any other individual who was elected Louisiana Governor.[6]


Edwards previously served four terms as Governor of Louisiana, from 1972 to 1980, 1984 to 1988 and 1992 to 1996. Prior to that, Edwards was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for seven years, from 1965 to 1972.[1]



Edwards was convicted in 2000 of extorting businesses applying for casino licenses.[1] Edwards went to prison in October 2002 on a 10-year sentence.[7] He was released in January 2011 to serve the remainder of his sentence in home detention.[7]

Resignation of Campaign Manager

Shortly after he received enough votes to advance to the December 6 runoff, Edwards announced that his campaign manager had resigned. Ari Krupkin, who departed on November 6, 2014, helped managed Edwards' campaign to represent one of Louisiana's most conservative districts. Edwards declined to comment whether the departure was mutual because of a confidentiality agreement between the two. Edwards simply stated that: "He's gone on to better things."

Attempts to contact Krupkin failed after the November 4 primary election. He did not return any media messages to his phone the day after the election and subsequently disconnected his number. Krupkin was notably young for a campaign manager, being only 27 years old. He was replaced by Harold Taylor, the former mayor of Palmetto. Taylor was described as a personal friend by Edwards.[8]



See also: Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

December 6, 2014 runoff election

Edwards was defeated by Garret Graves in the runoff election on December 6, 2014. Both candidates placed as the top vote receivers in the November 4, 2014 general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarret Graves 62.4% 139,194
     Democratic Edwin Edwards 37.6% 83,773
Total Votes 222,967
Source: Politico 100 Percent Reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

November 4, 2014 general election

Edwards ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 6th District.[1] He secured enough votes to participate in a runoff election against Garret Graves.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Bob Bell 2.0% 5,182
     Republican Dan Claitor 10.26% 26,524
     Republican Norm Clark 0.71% 1,848
     Republican Paul Dietzel 13.55% 35,024
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarret Graves 27.36% 70,715
     Republican Craig McCulloch 2.25% 5,815
     Republican Trey Thomas 0.56% 1,447
     Republican Lenar Whitney 7.41% 19,151
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdwin Edwards 30.12% 77,866
     Democratic Richard Lieberman 2.83% 7,309
     Democratic Peter Williams 1.56% 4,037
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig Jr. 1.38% 3,561
Total Votes 258,479
Source: Garret Graves and Edwin Edwards are headed to a runoff election on December 6, 2014.' Louisiana Secretary of State

Campaign contributions


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Edwards' reports.[9]

Edwin Edwards (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2014$0$33,171$(5,789)$27,381
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$27,381$177,305$(63,344)$141,342
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