Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Louisiana Congressional Seats

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October 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Louisiana's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
No 6 1(3rd)

BATON ROUGE: Louisiana: Louisiana has six U.S. House seats and on the ballot in 2012. All six U.S. House incumbents face at least two challengers in the November election.

Louisiana lost a seat in redistricting, leaving seven members of Congress with only six seats to run for in 2012.[1] The 3rd District will now stretch from the Texas border to Iberia and St. Martin parishes.[1] Currently, six of the seven Congressional seats in Louisiana are held by Republicans, with the other being held by a Democratic incumbent.

Unlike most states, Louisiana uses the blanket primary - under this system all candidates, regardless of party, run in the same primary. A candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary. However, if no candidate reaches this threshold, then a general election runoff will take place on December 8, 2012 between the top-two vote getters.

The incumbent left without a district was Jeff Landry (R) of the 3rd District, whose southeastern Louisiana region was split four ways. The 3rd District, as a result of redistricting will be a largely new territory and without a significant portion of Landry's current district.[2] No longer in Landry’s district are Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.[2] Under the new lines, Landry will live in Charles Boustany's (R) new expanded district.[1] The incumbents will face each other in the primary for the 3rd District on November 6, 2012, with Boustany considered the frontrunner.[2]

The race has led to each incumbent garnering support of Super PACs. Freedomworks America has been running ads supportive to Landry, spending over $300,000. While the American Hospital Association PAC has been running ads in support of Boustany, spending nearly $200,000.[3] Boustany is leading in fundraising efforts.[4]

In Louisiana all polls are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Time.[5]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Louisiana:

Members of the U.S. House from Louisiana -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 6 5
Total 7 6
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved April 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Louisiana.


See also