Aug 27, 2010 7:33 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Primary Preview

Polls across Louisiana will open at 6am Saturday morning. Acadiana voters will decide on three races, including the 3rd Congressional District Seat. Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination: Hunt Downer of Houma, Jeff Landry, and Kristian Magar, both of New Iberia.

All three candidates say they're ready to fill the seat vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, who is now running for the U.S. Senate.

"I'm concerned about the direction our country has taken and the way they're (the Obama administration) trampling on our constitution," said Downer.
"I'm focusing on solid conservative values," said Landry. "We're going to restore honor and integrity to this office," said Magar.

While the candidates agree on several issues, they want the voters to recognize their differences.

Downer is a retired U.S. Army major general and former Louisiana House speaker. "I have the experience, I've done it."

"The thing that sets me apart from both my opponents is the fact that I have created jobs. I own a small business," said Landry.

"The people are telling me, 'We're tired of voting for the lesser of two evils, a career politician, a lawyer,' and I offer that choice," said Magar.

When asked if either candidate would endorse another, if they should lose the primary, this was their response:

"I'm going to win tomorrow, and I'm going to be the candidate for the 3rd Congressional District," said Downer.
"If I thought either one of those candidates were the best choice for our family, I would have already endorsed them," said Magar.
"I will support whatever Republican wins these primaries, undoubtedly," said Landry.

The decision is ultimately up to the voters in Iberia, St. Martin, and St. Mary Parishes. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The winner will face Democrat Ravi Sangisetty in the November 2nd election.



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