WASHINGTON — Two House Republican incumbents from Louisiana who could face each other in next year’s election each showed strong fundraising numbers, according to the most recently filed Federal Election Commission reports.
Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, posted $248,061 for the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, outdistancing all other Louisiana House members. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, followed closely with $217,662.
Boustany and Landry were thrown into the same district earlier this year as a result of redistricting that required seven House of Representatives districts to be squeezed into six.
Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of stagnant population growth.
Boustany has $1.1 million on hand.
Landry put $401,686 in the bank, accumulated over a nine-month period since his election as a freshman in November.
Landry navigated three elections last year that included a primary, runoff and general election, depleting his campaign bank account.
Though Landry may not be able to keep pace with the veteran Boustany in fundraising, his strong showing indicates that he could be able to raise the amount of money needed to mount a strong campaign, said G. Pearson Cross, head of the political science department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
“That does seem to indicate that Landry is thinking very seriously about running for that seat,” Cross said. “You have to think the race is on in looking at those fundraising numbers.”
Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, raised $171,744 for the quarter.
Cassidy leads all six other members in the delegation, with $1.2 million in the bank.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, raised $164,707, giving him $633,844.
Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, has $405,221 after collecting $93,335 for the period.
Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, raised $75,494, giving him $113,552.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, collected $73,655, with $200,277 in the bank.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., also filed her report showing that she has $845,152 available after raising $212,000 for the quarter. Landrieu does not have to run again until 2014.
She was elected to her third six-year term in 2008.
Totals for Sen. David Vitter, R-La., were not available.
Senators have until Oct. 15 to postmark their reports.