Louisiana held special elections on Saturday to fill two vacant House seats. The 2nd Congressional District will have a general election between Troy Carter (D) and Karen Carter Peterson (D) on April 24th. Julia Letlow (R) is projected to win the 5th District.
In the 2nd Congressional District, voters are replacing Cedric L. Richmond (D), who resigned to join President Biden’s White House. Voters in the 5th District will select a representative to fill the seat of Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R), who died of complications from covid-19 before taking office.
The predominantly Black 2nd District stretching from Baton Rouge to New Orleans is a safely Democratic seat that backed Biden overwhelmingly in 2020. The rural 5th District, which spans the northeastern and central parts of the state, backed President Donald Trump by a significant margin in 2020.
The elections operate as a “jungle primary” — all candidates compete against one another on the same ballot. A candidate wins the election outright by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate secures a majority, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will compete in a general election on April 24.
Democrats now control the House with a 219 to 211 majority, the narrowest margin in decades.
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