There has also been significant outside spending in the race, with the majority benefitting Landry. About $600,000 in independent expenditure spending has benefitted Boustany compared to about $800,000 benefitting Landry, according to FEC data as of Nov. 30.
But Louisiana insiders don’t believe the discrepancy has been enough to make this a truly competitive race.
Still, Landry aides are counting on an electorate significantly different than what the district saw on Election Day.
“It’s going to be a low-turnout election and we’re continuing to run on the record,” said one Landry aide. “We’ll see the decision the voters make.”
Landry has positioned himself as the true conservative in the race, pointing to votes like the 2011 debt ceiling-raising Budget Control Act: Boustany voted with leadership in favor while Landry voted no.
The Boustany campaign was bullish on their prospects.
“We’re feeling confident going into this week,” said Boustany campaign spokesman Neal Patel.
In this battle in the Bayou on a Saturday in December, however, anything is possible.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.