GOPer Wins Seat in Special Election

Louisiana voters in the state’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts went to the polls Saturday in the first two federal elections since the Georgia Senate runoffs.

In the solidly-Democratic 2nd District, state Sens. Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson (no relation) had 36.1% and 23%, respectively, when the race was called and will advance to a runoff on April 24. In the state’s solidly-Republican 5th District, Julia Letlow won with over 62% of the vote, avoiding a runoff altogether.

The 2nd District’s vacancy resulted after former Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond resigned his seat on Jan. 15 to join the Biden administration as the director of the Office of Public Engagement. The 5th District’s vacancy, however, came after Letlow’s late husband, Republican Representative-elect Luke Letkow, died from COVID-19 on Dec. 29.

Letlow announced her candidacy shortly after her husband’s death and received endorsements from Republican leadership and former President Donald Trump. Letlow told the National Journal that she intended to seek a full term in 2022, and if elected should have little problem doing so in a district that Trump won by 30 points.

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