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Five Incumbents Claim Victories; Holloway Faces Runoff

October 2, 1988

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Rep. Jim McCrery swept to an easy victory in his re-election bid against Gov. Buddy Roemer’s mother in Saturday’s primary, but Rep. Clyde Holloway was forced into a repeat of his 1986 runoff.

Holloway, who defeated attorney Faye Williams in a runoff two years ago, will face her again Nov. 8.

Democratic Reps. Billy Tauzin, Jerry Huckaby and Lindy Boggs and Republican Bob Livingston joined McCrery in claiming victories without runoffs.

Under Louisiana’s open primary system, all candidates run in the same primary, regardless of party affiliation. If no candidate in a race wins a majority, the top two contenders meet in a runoff.

With all the votes counted, Holloway, the 8th District’s GOP incumbent, had 58,479 votes or 44 percent to 44,904 or 34 percent for Williams, a Democrat. Other Democratic challengers, state Sen. J.E. Jumonville Jr, former Lt. Gov. Bobby Freeman and former Alexandria Mayor John ″Tillie″ Snyder trailed far behind.

Holloway said he felt great about the results and said he would ″run on our record″ in the runoff. ″There’s no way to go but up from here,″ he said.

Williams said she expected to receive the support of the other Democrats in the race.

″They’ve (Democrats) won over the years on the strength of the black vote,″ Williams said, who is black. ″I’ll have the support of the Democratic Party because I’m the only Democrat now in the race. The party has targeted this as the No. 1 race they want to take from the Republicans.″

In the 4th District, McCrery, a Republican elected last spring to fill the remainder of Roemer’s unexpired term in the House, claimed victory over two Democratic opponents, including Adeline Roemer, the governor’s mother.

After seeing that she was being swamped in the returns, Mrs. Roemer said, ″I have been heard in this campaign. This just might make our present congressman a better one.″

Mrs. Roemer said there was a lot of apathy in the campaign and ″I’m disappointed more people didn’t exercise their right to vote. It was a low turnout.″

Roemer visited with his mother while the voters were being counted. ″I just came for a little while to hug my mom and tell her how proud I am of her,″ he said.

McCrery won with 72,128 votes or 69 percent to 27,829 or 27 percent for Mrs. Roemer. Robert Briggs, a retired military officer, had 5,103 votes or 5 percent.

With all of the vote counted, Tauzin, tallied 72,010 votes or 89 percent to 8,601 or 11 percent, for Millard Clement, a fellow Democrat and a distant cousin by marriage.

Tauzin has represented the 3rd District since 1981.

Huckaby overwhelmed Democrat Jack Wright and Republican Bradley Thomason Roark in his race for a seventh term in the 5th District. Huckaby had 50,991 votes or 71 percent, Wright had 14,321 or 20 percent and Roark tallied 6,396 votes or 9 percent.

In the 1st District, Livingston won handily over two Democratic opponents - Eric Honig and George Mustakas - in his bid to keep the seat he has held since 1977. Livingston had 67,374 votes or 78 percent to 13,046 or 15 percent for Mustakas and 5,433 or 6 percent for Honig.

In the 2nd District, Boggs had 63,327 votes or 90 percent, while Republican opponent Roger C. ″Captain″ Johnson had 7,665 votes or 10 percent. Boggs had held the seat since winning a special election in 1973 to replace her husband, Hale Boggs, who was lost in a plane crash in Alaska.

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Republican Richard Baker of the 6th District and Democrat Jimmy Hayes of the 7th District, both freshmen, were unopposed.

A national magazine, ″Campaigns and Elections,″ listed Holloway as holding one of the ″seven most vulnerable Republican seats″ and called his 1986 victory a fluke.

His four challengers contended that the district’s representative should be more sensitive to the region’s high unemployment rate. He was criticized during the campaign for his record, including votes against a federal catastrophic health care bill and funding for the Red River Waterway project.

Williams, who garnered an endorsement from the Rev. Jesse Jackson and appealed for multiracial support, predicted she would win the race without a runoff.

Freeman, who lost a bid for a third term as lieutenant governor last fall, and Jumonville, a state senator since 1975, both stressed their experience in government.

Snyder, who left office in 1986 after deciding not to seek re-election, stirred controversy several years ago when he called a black city councilman a chimpanzee.

Mrs. Roemer said she decided to enter the 4th District race because she was disappointed with McCrery’s brief performance in Congress. McCrery, a former congressional aide to Roemer who garnered the governor’s support in his initial race, defeated state Sen. Foster Campbell in a runoff last April.

Roemer and his wife, Patti, appeared at a $1,000-per couple fund-raiser for his mother, while McCrery’s major fund-raiser included an appearance by former Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a major figure in the Iran-Contra investigation.

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