BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There will be a runoff for the 3rd Congressional District seat that has been left empty of an incumbent candidate for the first time in 12 years.
With more than 25 percent of the vote each, Republicans Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins will face each other in a December runoff election.
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Incumbent Charles Boustany decided not to run for re-election and instead ran for David Vitter's U.S. Senate seat, which ended up going into a runoff between John Kennedy and Foster Campbell.
There were 12 candidates running to replace Boustany: eight Republicans, two Democrats, a Libertarian and one candidate without a party affiliation.
Angelle currently serves on the Public Service Commission. He was first elected to the St. Martin Parish Police Jury at the age of 25 and served for 12 years before being elected the first St. Martin Parish president when the parish changed its form of government in 1999.
In 2010, Angelle was appointed as lieutenant governor by former Governor Jindal.
Higgins, a U.S. Army veteran, currently serves as deputy marshal for the City of Lafayette and previously was a former St. Landry Parish sheriff's deputy.