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Nov 7, 2012 12:02 AM

Boustany/Landry battle headed to December runoff

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The hard-fought struggle between Republican U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry will continue for another month. Boustany and Landry will face off in a Dec. 8 runoff, after no candidate for the 3rd District seat got more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Boustany led the five-person field. The two GOP congressmen were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat after the latest federal census. The 3rd District includes southwest Louisiana and Acadiana. Three other candidates were seeking the seat, but they did little fundraising. However, Democratic trial lawyer Ron Richard of Lake Charles gained enough votes to ensure neither Boustany nor Landry could win outright. Boustany is seeking a fifth term. Landry, the tea party favorite, is running for a second term.

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