The Bayou State has been red for the past three presidential elections. The last time a Democratic candidate for president carried the state was Bill Clinton in 1996.
Every incumbent U.S. House member appears headed for re-election, including 4th District Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Minden. He is being opposed by Libertarian Randall Lord and is expected to win a third two-year term easily.
There is one exception. Because the state lost a Congressional district as a result of the 2010 Census, going from seven to six House Districts, two Republican incumbents find themselves running against each other in District 3 in south Louisiana.
The race between Jeff Landry, who represented the 3rd District, and Charles Boustany, who represented the eliminated 7th District, is a fierce battle by the two candidates to stay in Congress.
Landry, seeking his second term, is the favorite of the Tea Party. Boustany, seeking his sixth term, is viewed as the more moderate of the two candidates.
The race is reminiscent of the one which took place in north Louisiana in 1992 when the state went from eight House Districts to seven.
Fifth District U.S. Rep. Jerry Huckaby, a Democrat, was forced to run against 4th District U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery, a Republican, who won.
In that political shake-up, 8th District U.S. Rep. Clyde Holloway, a Republican, lost his seat as well.
No Tea for Romney
Some Republicans have always been suspicious of Mitt Romney’s conservative credentials. So it was not surprising that the Tea Party News Network (TPNN) refused to endorse him.
In a press release last week, the TPNN announced its editorial endorsement for the 2012 presidential race: None of the Above.
“We have watched the candidates closely over the past year and are convinced that four more years of an Obama presidency would be disastrous for this country’s economy and for the cause of small government,” Todd Cefaratii, editor of the TPNN stated.
He added, “We considered an endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney, but concluded that his record raises too many questions about the level of his commitment to conservative principles and limited government.
“The Tea Party has been burned too many times by Washington politicians who promise change but don’t deliver once elected. As the voice of the Tea Party conservatives across America, we are not comfortable endorsing either major candidate this year based solely upon hopeful rhetoric,” he added.
Scottie Nell Hughes, a member of the editorial board and News Director of TPNN, said, “We saw what happened during the George W. Bush administration when Constitutional conservatism was confused with the interest of the Republican Party. They are not one and the same.”
Political analysts wonder how this announcement by the Tea Party will affect the enthusiasm of its members and other conservatives in general in going to the polls on election day.