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Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Election Runoff Date
December 8, 2012

December 8 Runoff Winner:
Charles Boustany Jr. Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jeff Landry Republican Party
Jeff Landry.jpg

Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Louisiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Charles Boustany Jr. (R) won election on December 8, 2012. He defeated fellow incumbent Jeff Landry (R) in the runoff election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
August 17, 2012
November 6, 2012
December 8, 2012

Primary: Louisiana has a open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates did not receive a sufficient majority of the vote on that date, they go to a runoff, to be held on December 8. Voters were required to register to vote in the November 6 election by October 9; for the December 8 runoff, the voter registration deadline was November 7.[2]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent of District 3 is Jeff Landry (R), who was first elected in 2010. However, due to redistricting, District 7 (now defunct) was drawn into District 3. Charles Boustany Jr. (R) was first elected to District 7 in 2004.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. 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. [3]

"The Hill" listed Jeff Landry as the most vulnerable Republican incumbent in 2012 as a result of redistricting.[4]

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 reached this threshold, then a general election took place on December 8, 2012, between the top-two vote getters.

Runoff results

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".

Candidates

Runoff Election

December 8th Runoff[5]

Republican Party Jeff Landry: Incumbent
Republican Party Charles Boustany Jr.: Green check mark transparent.png Incumbent from now defunct 7th District

Due to a lack of any candidate receiving 50 percent of the vote in the blanket primary on November 6, 2012, a runoff election will be held on December 8, 2012.[6]

Former Democratic candidate Ron Richard gave his support to Republican candidate Charles Boustany in the runoff election. Richard came in third place on November 6th, therefore did not make it into the runoff. Richard stated that while Boustany's politics are very different than his own, they are closer than those of Jeff Landry, the other Republican candidate on the runoff ballot.[7]

Blanket Primary

Nonpartisan Blanket Primary

Democratic Party Ron Richard:[8]
Republican Party Jeff Landry: Incumbent Advanced to runoff
Republican Party Charles Boustany Jr.: Incumbent from now defunct 7th District Advanced to runoff
Republican Party Bryan Barrilleaux[8]
Libertarian Party Jim Stark[8]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Louisiana
Figure 5: This map shows the final, re-engrossed, version of HB 6 outlining Louisiana Congressional Districts after the 2010 census.

Louisiana lost a seat in redistricting, leaving seven members of Congress with only six seats to run for in 2012.[9] The 3rd District now stretches from the Texas border to Iberia and St. Martin parishes.[9]

The incumbent left without a district was Jeff Landry of the 3rd District, whose southeastern Louisiana region was split four ways. The 3rd District, as a result of redistricting was a largely new territory and without a significant portion of Landry's current district.[10] No longer in Landry’s district are Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.[10] Under the new lines, Landry lives in Charles Boustany’s (R) new expanded district.[9] The incumbents faced each other in the Republican primary for the 3rd District on November 6, 2012. [10]

"The Hill" listed Jeff Landry as the most vulnerable Republican incumbent in 2012 as a result of redistricting.[4]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 3 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Louisiana Secretary of State:

Louisiana Congressional District 3[11]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 3 487,540 231,746 133,623 122,171 Democratic 73.43% -61.65%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Louisiana's 3rd District became more Republican because of redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 31D / 69R
  • 2010: 34D / 66R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of R+15, which is the 54th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 65-35 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[13]

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Jeff Landry and Charles Boustany Jr.'s reports.

Jeff Landry

Jeff Landry (2012)[14] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2012$534,147.40$326,710.11$(326,710.11)$820,083.26
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2012$820,083.26$293,323.72$(137,797.96)$975,609.02
Pre-Primary[17]August 8, 2012$975,609.02$20,555$(44,097)$952,066.94
October Quarterly[18]October 25, 2012$952,066.94$383,997.79$(582,528.78)$753,535.95
Pre-General[19]October 25, 2012$753,535.95$71,956$(187,175.16)$638,316.79
Running totals
$1,096,542.62$(1,278,309.01)

Charles Boustany Jr.

Charles Boustany Jr. (2012)[20] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 10, 2012$1,270,797.45$348,561.34$(117,206.07)$1,502,152.72
July Quarterly[22]October 15, 2012$1,502,152.72$741,760.56$(330,309.42)$1,913,603.86
Pre-Primary[23]August 3, 2012$1,913,603.86$102,138.9$(76,123.42)$1,939,619.34
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2012$1,939,619.34$504,521.27$(1,175,982.6)$1,268,158.01
Pre-General[25]October 25, 2012$1,268,158.01$158,807.69$(509,353.11)$917,612.59
Running totals
$1,855,789.76$(2,208,974.62)

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Landry won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Ravi Sangisetty (D) in the general election.[26]

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

References

  1. Politico "Charles Boustany defeats Jeff Landry in Louisiana House race," December 8, 2012
  2. 2012 Elections Schedule "Voter Registration," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. Louisiana Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 24, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Hill "Most vulnerable redistricted Republicans" Accessed March 12, 2012
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State "Election Results," accessed November 21, 2012
  6. CNN.com "Votes in six House races still being counted, seventh will see runoff," November 10, 2012
  7. The Advertiser "Democratic candidate endorses Boustany in runoff," November 9, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate Database," accessed August 15, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Roll Call "Race Ratings: Primaries Are What to Watch in Louisiana" Accessed February 28, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Politico "Louisiana map sets up incumbent clash" Accessed February 28, 2012
  11. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," July 1, 2012
  12. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Louisiana," September 2012
  13. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Jeff Landry Summary Report," Accessed October 1, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly," Accessed October 1, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly," Accessed October 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Pre-Primary," Accessed November 2, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "October Quarterly," Accessed November 2, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission "Pre-General," Accessed November 2, 2012
  20. FEC Reports "Charles Boustany Jr. Summary Reports" Accessed July 17, 2012
  21. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 10, 2012
  22. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed July 12, 2012
  23. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary," Accessed November 2, 2012
  24. FEC Reports "October Quarterly," Accessed November 2, 2012
  25. FEC Reports "Pre-General," Accessed November 2, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 17, 2011