Posted: Dec 8, 2012 9:09 PM by AP News
Updated: Dec 9, 2012 6:27 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany will return to Congress for a fifth term after handily defeating his fellow Republican congressman, Jeff Landry, in a runoff election.
The two men were forced into the same congressional district when Louisiana lost a seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census.
Boustany will represent the 3rd District covering southwest Louisiana and Acadiana in Congress next year.
The race had been attack-heavy, since both men ran as conservative Republicans and had little philosophical ground in which to distinguish themselves.
The district design favored Boustany, a traditional Republican candidate allied with House Speaker John Boehner. Landry, a freshman congressman, was the tea party favorite.