Republican Julia Letlow has just won Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District special election just months after her late husband Rep. Luke Letlow won the same seat.
Representative Luke Letlow died in December due to a heart attack after being diagnosed with COVID-19 but his seat will now be held by his wife Julia Letlow.
Julia Letlow who received an endorsement from President Trump earlier in the month won 63.6% of the vote in the special election.
No surprises in Louisiana: in safe R #LA05, Julia Letlow (R) wins special election to fill vacancy created by death of her husband, Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R).
In safe D #LA02, Troy Carter (D) and Karen Carter Peterson (D) advance to 4/24 runoff.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) March 21, 2021
BREAKING: Louisiana Republican Julia Letlow is heading to Congress after winning a special House election Saturday for the seat her late husband won — but never got to fill. #LA05 https://t.co/5M6bwqjqMw
— Roll Call (@rollcall) March 21, 2021
The Hill covered Letlow’s big win and shared these details:
Louisiana Republican Julia Letlow won the special election in the state’s 5th Congressional District in the race to replace her late husband, former Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R), who died from COVID-19 complications in December.
According to election results recorded by The New York Times, Letlow won a resounding 64.5 percent of the vote.
Both NBC and CNN projected Letlow’s win Saturday night after 10 p.m., EDT.
Letlow said in a statement “this is an incredible moment and it is truly hard to put into words.”
Julia is now the first Republican woman to be a Congress member from the state of Louisiana.
— Greg Giroux (@greggiroux) March 21, 2021
Fox 5 News covered the story too:
Republican Julia Letlow easily won a Saturday special election for the northeast Louisiana-based U.S. House seat that her husband, Luke, couldn’t fill because of his death from complications related to COVID-19.
With the victory, Julia Letlow becomes the third woman ever elected to the U.S. House from Louisiana, the first Republican woman elected to Congress from the state and the only woman among its current congressional delegation.
She trounced 11 other contenders to capture the 5th District seat in the primary.
“This is an incredible moment, and it is truly hard to put into words. What was born out of the terrible tragedy of losing my husband, Luke, has become my mission in his honor to carry the torch and serve the good people of Louisiana’s 5th District,” Julia Letlow said in a statement.
Rep. Julia Letlow is truly an overcomer, I’m sure Luke Letlow is smiling down at her.