This Day In 1966: La.'s Morrison, An 'LBJ Rubber Stamp,' Forced Into Runoff

Aug. 13, 1966:

Vote Rarick.

John Rarick effectively tied Rep. Jimmy Morrison to President Johnson. hide caption

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In a bitter Louisiana Democratic primary fought over federal civil rights legislation, Rep. Jimmy Morrison is forced into a runoff by former state district judge John Rarick, a strong segregationist.

Rarick accused Morrison, who voted for the 1965 Voting Rights Act, of being the "black power candidate" and an "LBJ rubber stamp" during the campaign. Rarick will defeat Morrison in the Sept. 24 runoff.

(OK, I concede this is not one of the more memorable moments in campaign history. But I've always loved this button and the story behind it. So there.)

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