Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., sports a large early lead over freshman Republican Rep. Jeff Landry in their member-versus-member race, according to the results of an internal poll released by Boustany and his campaign Thursday afternoon.
Boustany took 61 percent to Landry's 23 percent in a Louisiana 3rd District head-to-head ballot test. If a generic Democrat -- randomly named "Fred Green" -- was included in the ballot test, Boustany still led Landry, 56 percent to 20 percent, with "Green" taking 15 percent of the vote. Louisiana will vote in a "jungle primary" Nov. 6, pitting all candidates against each other on one ballot; if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff on Dec. 8. The deadline for candidate filing is Aug. 17.
The poll was conducted by Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies and surveyed 400 likely voters from July 23-24. The poll's margin of error was plus-or-minus 4.9 percentage points.
Boustany and Landry were drawn into the same district because Louisiana lost a congressional seat during redistricting. Over 76 percent of the district's residents are currently represented by Boustany, with the rest coming from Landry's constituency. Thanks to overlapping media markets, though, both candidates are fairly well-known already. Boustany had 91 percent name identification, while Landry's name ID was 68 percent. Sixty-five percent of those polled viewed Boustany favorably and 17 percent viewed him unfavorably, while Landry's favorable-unfavorable split was 35-14. The poll found that Boustany also led Landry, 51 percent to 32 percent, among the small sample of voters from Landry's old district.