BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The third-place finisher in the 3rd District congressional race has thrown his support to Republican Charles Boustany for the Dec. 8 runoff.
Democrat Ron Richard, a lawyer who received 22 percent of the vote in the election, announced Friday that he was backing Boustany over his GOP challenger Jeff Landry.
Richard said, "After having been in a race with both of them and finding them both to be interesting and nice gentlemen, Charles' ideology and politics - while very different than mine - are closer to mine than Jeff's."
He also said Boustany was more willing to listen to all sides of an issue.
Both Boustany and Landry are incumbent congressmen, forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat. Boustany led the five-man field in Tuesday's election.