Republican Julie Letlow received a Louisiana congressional seat in a particular election Saturday — after her husband received the seat final 12 months however died from coronavirus problems earlier than he may enter workplace.
Former President Donald Trump, who had endorsed the widow, congratulated her Sunday.
“Congratulations to Julia Letlow on her BIG win in Louisiana! Regardless of working in a area with a dozen candidates, no runoff election is critical as a result of she obtained 65% of the vote – an unimaginable victory,” Trump stated in an announcement launched by his workplace.
“I’m thrilled for Julia and all the Letlow household. Luke is wanting down proudly from above,” he stated.
The previous president introduced his endorsement of Letlow final week, praising her for her pro-life stance and for being “sturdy on Crime, the Border, loves our Army, our Vets, and can all the time defend our cherished Second Modification.”
Luke Letlow, 41, received a Dec. 5 runoff election and introduced that he examined constructive for COVID-19 two weeks later.
He died from coronavirus problems on Dec. 29 whereas in intensive care at Ochsner LSU Well being in Shreveport.
Julia Letlow beat 11 challengers within the particular election for the congressional seat.
“That is an unimaginable second, and it’s actually onerous to place into phrases. What was born out of the horrible tragedy of dropping my husband, Luke, has change into my mission in his honor to hold the torch and serve the nice individuals of Louisiana’s fifth District,” she stated in an announcement.
Together with her victory, Julia Letlow grew to become the third lady ever elected to the House of Representatives from Louisiana.
She had Trump’s endorsement within the purple district in addition to the assist of the state GOP and Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy of California, the House minority chief, and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 Republican within the chamber.
She additionally had an enormous fund-raising edge.
It was her first bid for workplace.
In one other intently watched race in Louisiana, two Democratic state senators from New Orleans will vie in a runoff election on April 24 to fill the seat of former Rep. Cedric Richmond, who vacated the workplace to take a place within the Biden administration.
Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson led the sector of 15 candidates.
With Publish wires