Sep 23, 2010 4:31 PM
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Heading into the homestretch of the
Republican runoff campaign in the 3rd Congressional District, New
Iberia lawyer Jeff Landry holds a significant money advantage over
former Louisiana House Speaker Hunt Downer.
Landry led in both raw fundraising totals and had a larger
$211,123 account balance that dwarfed Downer's remaining $62,547 in
the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election
That adds to Landry's other advantages in his bid for the seat
representing much of southeast Louisiana.
Landry fell just 162 votes shy of claiming the Republican
nomination outright Aug. 28, winning 12 of the 13 parishes included
in the district. Since then, Landry has garnered endorsements from
the state Republican Party and 11 parish-level party committees,
along with the backing of the Tea Party of Louisiana, one of
several tea party organizations in the state.
Downer has continued an active campaign, and both men have
raised enough to resume broadcast advertising and direct mail
before the Oct. 2 election.
The latest filings show that Landry raised about $266,000 from
individual contributors between Aug. 8 and Sept. 12, the end of the
reporting period. Downer's individual total was about $193,000.
Landry's overall campaign receipts have risen to $799,439. Downer's
campaign haul is $603,949.
The winner of the Oct. 2 election will face Democrat Ravi
Sangisetty, a Houma attorney who did not have primary opposition
for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, the Napoleonville
Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate.