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Louisiana's Role as a Swing State in the Presidential Election (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-10-10

Duration: 00:18:10

Subjects: Politics | Elections, 1980 | United States presidential election, 1980 | Carter, Jimmy, 1924- | Reagan, Ronald | Edwards, Edwin W. | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Bush, George, 1924-


  • George, Beth Host
  • Carleton, Mark Thomas Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Bush, George Interviewee
  • Moore, Henson Speaker


This segment from the October 10, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on Louisiana’s role as a swing state in the 1980 presidential election between President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and former California Governor Ronald Reagan, a Republican. This report includes interviews with: LSU History Professor Dr. Mark Carleton with a historical perspective on the voting patterns of Louisianans in recent presidential elections; former Governor Edwin Edwards, the chairman of the Carter campaign in the state; and Republican Vice Presidential candidate George Bush. Host: Beth George