Last Modified: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 9:46 PM
Incumbent U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany Jr., R-Lafayette, and Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, will face each other in a runoff Saturday, Dec. 8, for the 3rd Congressional District seat.
Complete but unofficial results for the district show Boustany received 133,876 votes, or 45 percent, and Landry received 90,576 votes, or 30 percent.
Democrat Ron Richard garnered 64,604 votes, or 22 percent; Republican Bryan Barrilleaux got 7,772 votes, or 3 percent; and Libertarian Jim Stark received 3,630 votes, or 1 percent.
Boustany told the American Press on Tuesday night he was pleased with the “significant margin over the next opponent.”
“I expect to win big in the runoff,” he said. “The strategy will be the same — strong voter outreach and a grassroots campaign. I will continue the message of conservative leadership based on real results.”
Boustany said he thinks he fared “pretty well” in his original district.
“The people of south Louisiana have spoken. Emerging with highest total of votes shows south Louisiana’s clear choice for Congress,” Boustany said in a news release. “In a five-way race, this campaign finished on top. My campaign will continue to build on today’s momentum, and I look forward to finishing the job on Dec. 8.”
“Today the voters have spoken,” Landry said in a prepared statement. “They said this is their seat, not his. This is their country, not Washington’s. This is our time.”
Landry said it is time to stand up and not back down for jobs. Drilling equals jobs, he said.
“Today, the people have started to take this seat back, and we — together — have started to take this country back,” Landry said. “Tonight, we start the journey; on to December. Let’s get the job done.”
Boustany has represented the 7th District for four two-year terms; Landry is in his first term as congressman from the old 3rd District.
The new district comprises Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion and part of St. Landry Parish. Six of those parishes were in the 7th District, giving Boustany a numbers edge over Landry.