Boustany victory ends bitter campaign
LAFAYETTE - In an campaign that seemed as though it would never end, incumbent District 7 Rep. Dr. Charles Boustany defeated incumbent District 3 Rep. Jeff Landry.
As of press time, with 54 percent of the precincts reporting, Boustany had garnered 58 percent of the votes reporting, or 32,128–enough to call the race in his favor. Landry, at that time, had 42 percent of the vote, or 23,029 votes. However, in many ways with the new reapportionment, the race was Boustany’s to lose because close to 75 percent of the new District 3 was a part of Boustany’s former district.
The race became necessary after the census declared that due to a population shift the state would lose a congressional seat.
Most signs pointed to a Boustany win in the runoff. A poll released in late November showed Boustany with a commanding 56 percent to 29 percent lead over Landry. Boustany also held more of a name recognition over Landry and had raised more money.
In a recent appearance at the Crowley Lions Club, a confident Boustany rarely mentioned the election and spoke of how the country must move forward and should consider compromising on some issues so long as it involved “sensible people who were willing to give something up to move forward.”
“Winston Churchill once said that the only time his congress ever got things done was when both sides had failed and they realized they must work together,” he said to the Crowley Lions.
Two things that Boustany was very emphatic about was the creation of a Farm Bill (which is very important to the rice farming industry that drives Acadia Parish) and the repeal of Obamacare which he said he will never stop fighting against.
The contest was also been filled with themes that surfaced often in 2012 within the Republican party. It was a member against member contest and the establishment against Tea Party card was played.
In Acadia Parish (which was part of Boustany’s district prior to the reapportionment) Boustany won overwhelmingly, winning 72.31 percent of the vote compared to Landry’s 27.69 percent.