David Duke, wearing Klan robes, attends a Klan rally in Euless, Texas in June, 1979. Dukes influence has been corrosive for the Republican Party in Louisiana. Photo by APF Fellow Vince Heptig.
David Duke, rear, salutes a burning cross at a Klan rally in Euless, Texas in 1979, the year he said he left the KKK. Duke, a Republican, won a house seat in Louisiana by 227 votes, ran for governor and threw the state party into disarray over whether to support him or not. Photo by APF Fellow Vince Heptig.
Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer lost support when he vetoed Louisiana's stringent abortion bill in 1991, saying it was too restrictive. Photo by AP/Wide World Photos.
Lee Atwater, Center, Ed Rollins, left, and Lyn Nofziger, smoke cigars during the final session of the GOP National Convention in 1984 in Dallas. Atwater's insistence on censuring David Duke split the state Party. Photo by AP/Wide World Photos.
Governor Edwin Edwards triumphed over a fatally divided Republican slate for his fourth win in 19.92. He's shown during his second campaign on Canal Street in New Orleans. Photo by AP/Wide World Photos.
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