Julia Letlow wins Louisiana’s special election for the 5th district, while the 2nd district goes to the runoff for CNN projects

Letlow will Have a seat that her late husband Luke, who won the election last year but died in December after being diagnosed with Covid-19, never lasted.

She will make history as the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress.

A number of prominent Republicans gathered behind her after she announced her campaign for the seat. Former President Donald Trump, Republican leader of the House Kevin McCarthy, and Louisiana GOP MP Steve Scalise, Republican of House No. 2, endorsed it from the nine Republicans running for the seat.

Letlow, a first-time candidate, will avoid a runoff election as she has secured a majority in the 12-person field.

Drain in the 2nd district

Democrats Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson will advance to a runoff in the special election for CNN projects in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District on April 24th.

The runoff winner will occupy the seat of Democrat Cedric Richmond, who stepped down in January to join the Biden administration.

Carter and Carter Peterson, who are unrelated, are both Louisiana state senators who represent New Orleans.

Carter is the leader of the Senate minority and received Richmond approval before stepping down from Congress. Carter Peterson served at Louisiana House for a decade before joining the Senate in 2010 and was also vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Carter Peterson finished the race with the second most votes, getting about 1,400 more votes than Democrat Gary Chambers Jr. late Saturday night.

This story has been updated with a projection for the 2nd district.

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