Julia Letlow wins northeast Louisiana-based US House seat

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FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2021 file photo, Julia Letlow, widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, speaks to members of the press at the Louisiana State Archives after signing up to run for the 5th District seat in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana voters are casting ballots for two vacant U.S. House seats in special elections. Saturday, March 20 primary elections aren’t expected to shake up the parties’ balance of power but could add a woman to the state’s all-male congressional delegation. Letlow is vying for the northeast Louisiana-based seat her husband Luke Letlow won in December but couldn’t fill because of his death from COVID-19 complications. (AP Photo/Brett Duke, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Julia Letlow has won a special election for the U.S. House seat her husband, Luke, couldn’t fill because of his death from COVID-19 complications.

Julia Letlow easily defeated 11 opponents Saturday to claim the 5th District seat representing northeast and central Louisiana.

She’s the first Republican woman elected to Congress from Louisiana.

The race for Louisiana’s other vacant U.S. House seat representing a New Orleans-based district will head to an April 24 runoff between two Democratic state senators from the city. Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson were the top vote-getters among 15 contenders.

Democrat Cedric Richmond left the position to work for President Joe Biden.

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