Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Louisiana's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Election Runoff Date
December 6, 2014

December 6 Runoff Winner:
Garret Graves Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Cassidy Republican Party
Bill Cassidy.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 6th congressional district of Louisiana will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

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]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Bill Cassidy (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District encompasses southcentral portions of the state. Point Coupee, WBR, EBR, Livingston, St. Helena, E Feldana, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption and Iberville parishes are included in the district.[7]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Failed to file

Rumored candidates

Withdrew prior to primary

Declined to run

District history


On November 6, 2012, Bill Cassidy (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rufus Holt Craig Jr. and Richard Torregano in the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy Incumbent 79.4% 243,553
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig,Jr 10.5% 32,185
     None Richard Torregano 10.1% 30,975
Total Votes 306,713
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Cassidy won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. (D) in the general election.[34]

U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana's 6th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy Incumbent 65.6% 138,607
     Democratic Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. 34.4% 72,577
Total Votes 211,184

See also

External links


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  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 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
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  18. NOLA.com, "Baton Rouge lawmaker Dan Claitor will run in Louisiana's 6th Congressional District," accessed December 9, 2013
  19. The Daily Reveille, "LSU student announces plan to run for U.S. House seat," accessed January 22, 2014
  20. The Advocate, "Thomas running for Congress," accessed February 3, 2014
  21. NOLA.com, "Baker small businessman Craig McCulloch to run for seat in Louisiana's 6th District," accessed February 18, 2014
  22. AP News, "Jindal's ex-coastal leader running for Congress," accessed March 1, 2014
  23. NOLA.com, "Lenar Whitney floated as possible candidate in Louisiana's 6th congressional district," accessed May 28, 2014
  24. NOLA.com, "Houma state representative Lenar Whitney officially enters congressional race," accessed June 4, 2014
  25. Greenwich Times, "Craig seeks 6th congressional seat again," accessed March 26, 2014
  26. News Orleans Advocate, "Libertarian Craig joins 6th District race for Congress," accessed March 26, 2014
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  28. Nola.com, "Baton Rouge Council Member Ryan Heck confirms plans to run for Congress," accessed August 23, 2013
  29. The Advocate, "Lawyer joins race for Congress," accessed February 3, 2014
  30. Bayou Buzz, " Tony Perkins Considers Run for Congress," accessed October 15, 2013
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Roll Call "Landrieu Race Pivotal to Political Futures in Bayou State | Farm Team" accessed July 26, 2013
  32. NOLA.com, "Shelley Hendrix could jump into 6th District race, report says," accessed February 12, 2014
  33. Nola.com, "Newly-minted Port Allen Republican to run for Cassidy's seat," accessed August 12, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 19, 2011