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By John C. Kuzenski

A thought-provoking exam of the constituencies and the effect of 1 of the main arguable political figures of our time. reporters have completely documented David Duke's upward push to prominence in Louisiana politics, yet before, few extensive analyses of the Duke phenomenon were undertaken. This new assortment identifies the numerous junctures of Duke's political occupation, from its earliest beginnings to his fresh campaigns for governor, the Senate, and the Presidency. via various tools and techniques, the participants to this paintings increase our knowing of what made this former Ku Klux Klan member an important political strength, and of the way and why he pretty much succeeded in his makes an attempt to achieve better workplace.

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The likelihood of an outright Duke victory in this major statewide race, ironically, was nevertheless slim, because the numerous parishes from which Duke drew his strongest support were declining in population. Charles S. Bullock III, Ronald Keith Gaddie, and John C. " With a phenomenal turnout compared to most statewide primary or general elections, the 1991 Louisiana governor's runoff election attracted a remarkable 80 percent of registered voters to the polls. The perceived threat of Duke's election in 1991, the authors contend, resulted in a substantial mobilization of black voters, similar to that Page xiv seen when black candidates appear on the ballot.

Equally as important, the enthusiasm and efforts of Charles Backus, director, and Bard Young, editor, of Vanderbilt University Press provided an impetus to bring this work to its completion. Two referees commissioned by the Press offered invaluable comments on an earlier draft of the manuscript, and we are indebted to them, as well. Our respective institutionsVanderbilt, Georgia, and Tulane continued their proud traditions of supporting and encouraging compelling social science research. Early interest in the project was expressed by Margaret Dalrymple and by the staff of the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collection of the Hill Memorial Library at Louisiana State University.

SenateRepublicandef. by (D) incumbent1991Governor of LouisianaRepublicandef. Republicandef. ) Office of the Registrar of Voters. After being rejected in his first two bids for public office, within four years of each other in different senate districts, Duke went into a nine-year hiatus from campaigns while he pursued his interests with the Ku Klux Klan and similar organizations. When he reemerged in 1988 to run for the presidency, it is likely that he realized that party affiliation would not have much impact on his fate.

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