Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Election Runoff Date
December 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Charles Boustany Jr. Republican Party
Charles Boustany Jr.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Louisiana will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Charles Boustany Jr. (R), who was first elected in 2004. He defeated fellow incumbent Jeff Landry in the runoff primary election in 2012.

Candidate Filing Deadline General Election Runoff Election
August 22, 2014
November 4, 2014
December 6, 2014

Primary: Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014 is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by October 6, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is November 5, 2014.[7][8]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Charles Boustany Jr. (R), who was first elected in 2004.

Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District encompasses southern Louisiana and stretches from the Texas border to Iberia and St. Martin parishes. Cameron, Calcasleu, Jeff Davis, acadis, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermillion and Iberia parishes are included in this district.[9]


Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[11] Boustany joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[12][13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Charles Boustany voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Charles Boustany voted for HR 2775.[18]

Campaign contributions

Charles Boustany

Charles Boustany (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$190,368.07$134,170.67$(235,631.11)$88,907.63
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$88,907.63$354,038.02$(11,681.30)$331,264.35
October Quarterly[21]October 13, 2013$331,264.35$289,609.02$(186,807.42)$434,065.95
Year-end[22]January 31, 2014$434,065$238,894$(155,438)$517,521
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$517,521$197,981$(91,942)$623,560
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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On November 6, 2012, Charles Boustany Jr. (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeff Landry in the runoff after the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 3 General Election Runoff, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Boustany Jr. Incumbent 60.9% 58,820
     Republican Jeff Landry Incumbent 39.1% 37,764
Total Votes 96,584
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election".


On November 2, 2010, Jeff Landry won election to the United States House. He defeated Ravi Sangisetty (D) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Landry 63.8% 108,963
     Democratic Ravi Sangisetty 36.2% 61,914
Total Votes 170,877

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 7, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "Search Election Dates," accessed September 4, 2014
  9. Louisiana Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 Louisiana Elections and Voting, "Candidate list," accessed August 27, 2014
  11. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013