In the race to replace Charlie Melancon (D) in southeast Louisiana's Third Congressional District, Jeff Landry (R) has opened a significant fundraising advantage over Hunt Downer (R). The 3rd District is the most expensive of the state's seven districts in which to mount a congressional campaign, as it requires purchase of advertising time in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette media markets.
In other LA-03 developments, the Landry campaign received the endorsement of Tony Perkins' Family Research Council Action PAC. "Jeff Landry’s commitment to life and fiscal responsibility is what this district needs. As a business attorney, police officer and founder of a small business, Jeff has a strong background that will allow him to stand up for the conservative principles that made this country great. His strength on life and family issues will be critical at a time when Representatives in Congress have caved to the special interests of the Left’s agenda."
Through June 30, Landry had raised more than $441,000 in individual contributions, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. His total haul, including loans, is $495,144. Landry did not report receiving anything from political action committees. After spending $116,340 so far, Landry had $378,804 remaining.
[Former House Speaker Hunt] Downer's second-quarter report was not yet posted to the FEC's website as of Friday evening, but the campaign said in a statement that he had raised $274,500 in individual contributions.
Landry, Downer and Kristian Magar will meet in the GOP Primary Aug. 28. The Democratic challenger is Ravi Sangisetty of Houma. Note: Despite Mr. Sangisetty's success in raising money, this is not the year to run as a Democrat in Louisiana, District 3 in particular.
The eventual GOP nominee will take on Democrat Ravi Sangisetty in the Nov. 2 general election. Sangisetty, a Houma attorney, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination, leaving him free to raise money while his Republican rivals tussle with each other.
Sangisetty topped the field with a $544,189 in receipts -- $415,401 of that in individual contributions and $3,500 in PAC contributions. The rest came from loans and Sangisetty's personal accounts. At more than $260,000, Sangisetty also spent more than his GOP counterparts. He reported an ending balance of $283,226.