2012 Congressional Elections (Finally) Over — 27th Incumbent Defeated (13 Redistricted Out)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio re-enacts the swearing in of Rep. Charles Boustany, in this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo.

This year’s House elections finally have concluded more than a month after the Nov. 6 presidential election and nine months after the first congressional primary.

Louisiana Republican Charles Boustany won a fifth term on Dec. 8 by defeating another Republican congressman, freshman Jeff Landry, in a runoff election in which both men were seeking the same district following a redrawing of congressional lines.

Boustany’s 61 percent to 39 percent win was a victory for an establishment-style politician over the Tea Party-affiliated Landry, though in some respects it wasn’t an even matchup.

About 72 percent of the vote in the merged district came from parishes (Louisiana’s equivalent of counties) that Boustany currently represents, and he won 72 percent of the vote there, according to data compiled by Political Capital. Landry won 68 percent of the vote in the parishes he carried into the new district, though they accounted for just 28 percent of the total vote.

Landry was the 27th House member defeated for re-election in the general election. He was also the 13th House member unseated by another House member this year.

The Boustany-Landry race came 277 days after the first member-vs.-member contest, a March matchup between Ohio Democrats Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich won by Kaptur.

The House is set to have 234 Republicans and 200 Democrats when the 113th Congress begins Jan. 3. Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois resigned Nov. 21.




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