BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — On the morning of Oct. 20, 1991, more than 400,000 voters in Louisiana suddenly faced a difficult decision. They had voted the day before to reelect Gov. Buddy Roemer, but Roemer finished third in the primary and out of the money.
In the runoff, just four weeks away, that left Roemer voters two unpalatable choices: Edwin Edwards, a former governor widely thought to be corrupt, or David Duke, the state representative who had spent the past 20 years demeaning Black people and denouncing Jewish people. It would become known as the Race from Hell.