Steve Scalise collects 67% of vote in 5-candidate race, Richmond garners 53% in 5-person field
Steve Scalise coasted to re-election Tuesday by collecting 67% of the votes cast in a 5-candidate race in the 1st Congressional District.
His closest challenger, Democrat Vinny Mendoza garnered 21%.
Democratic U.S. Rep Cedric Richmond defeated four challengers to win a second term in Congress. Richmond won 53% of the vote.
Richmond is the only Democrat in Louisiana's House delegation.
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% 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.
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.