LOUISIANA 9 Electoral Votes

Sen. John Kerry got his campaign here started in proper style, chowing on crawfish at Deanie's Restaurant in the French Quarter during a visit shortly before the March 9 primary.  There were a couple of other visits in April and May and the campaign went up with advertising starting on May 4.  But for all this activity, the Bush campaign had enough confidence to deploy its executive director, Jason Hebert, to Colorado in mid-June 2004.  Eventually, the Democratic campaign pulled its resources out of Louisiana -- there were no visits by the principals after Kerry's speech to the National Baptist Convention on September 9 and no advertising in the Fall.  The Republican principals made a few sporadic visits, many of which were fundraising related.  Democrats were disappointed by the decision to pull out but volunteers nonetheless continued to work long hours through to Election Day.
Eileen Loh Harrist.  "Red Office, Blue Office"  Gambit Weekly.  Nov. 2, 2004.
Bush-Cheney '04 Kerry-Edwards 2004
Organization details...  details...
Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.
State Chair: Pat Brister
Exec. Director: Jason Hebert (through mid-June) 
Scott Levy

Victory '04 Director: Ryan Booth

Republican Party of Louisiana
Chairman: Roger F. Villere, Jr.
Exec. Director: John Bargas

Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc.
State Director: Dana Peterson
Comm. Director: Renee Lapeyrolerie

Louisiana Victory 2004 Director: Lexi Thompson

Louisiana Democratic Party
State Chair: Mike Skinner 
Exec. Director: Derek Wooley

Eight Months (March 2-Nov. 2, 2004)
George W. Bush - 1 visit, 1 day
Dick Cheney - 3 visits, 3 days
Laura Bush - 2 visits, 2 days
John Kerry - 4 visits, 4 days
John Edwards - 2 visits, 2 days
Teresa Heinz Kerry (solo) - 1 visit, 2 days
Elizabeth Edwards (solo) - 0 visits

Newspaper Endorsements

Third Party and Independent

More Candidate Visits
October 29, 2004
Press Conference and Campaign Speech at Loyola University in New Orleans.

August 27, 2004
Editorial Board Meeting at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
Campaign Speech at Tulane Law School in New Orleans.

July 30-31, 2004
July 30
Appears with David Cobb on WTIX’s "Ringside Politics" talk show in Metairie.
July 31
State Libertarian party convention; speaks at Radisson Hotel in New Orleans.

July 30, 2004
Appears with Michael Badnarik on WTIX’s "Ringside Politics" talk show in Metairie.
House party in the French Quarter.

October 9-10, 2004 - Start of "Justice Tour" through the South...
Oct. 9
House party at 919 Lyons Street in New Orleans.
Oct. 10
Speaks at LSU in Baton Rouge.
Is the celebrity bartender at Molly's in New Orleans.

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