U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, is entering the final stretch in his runoff campaign against fellow Republican Rep. Charles Boustany of Lafayette with dwindling cash reserves. This likely explains the relative absence of television campaign commercials touting the Tea Party favorite. Boustany, meanwhile, is all over the tube in ads that are generally positive and about Boustany as opposed to slamming Landry, which was more common leading into the Nov. 6 primary.

In his most recent campaign finance report, filed Nov. 18, Landry reports having $189,449 cash on hand, putting him at a huge financial disadvantage to Boustany, whose most recent report shows more than $917,000 cash on hand. For the 2012 election cycle Landry raised $2.1 million to just under $3 million for Boustany, a four-term incumbent. Those same reports also show Boustany significantly outspending Landry during this cycle: $2.6 million to $1.9 million.

The two will meet in a Dec. 8 runoff for the new 3rd Congressional District, a combination district covering virtually all of Boustany’s current 7th and part of Landry’s current 3rd. The district was created when the Legislature was forced to redistrict Louisiana to reflect the loss of one of its seven U.S. House districts following the 2010 census.

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