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.
Sen Mary Landrieu, D-La., poses for a selfie with LSU football fans as she campaigns at tailgate parties on the Louisiana State University campus before the LSU-Mississippi State game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Buy photo here.