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Republican Julia Letlow wins US House seat. Letlow is the widow of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who had previously been elected to this seat before his untimely COVID-19 related death.

Congresswoman-elect Julia Letlow took so Twitter to thank her supporters:

@jbletlow on Twitter

Governor Edwards released the following statement, congratulating Julia Letlow on her victory:

“Congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Julia Letlow for her victory tonight in Louisiana’s fifth congressional district. I look forward to working with her on behalf of the people of Louisiana at this critical moment for our state and our nation. This is a proud day for Julia, her children, all of her supporters, and our state, but it is also a bittersweet day as she wins the seat opened by the passing of her late husband, Luke. I will continue to keep her in my prayers just as she has continued to exemplify strength, determination, and tenacity in the wake of a terrible tragedy. I know that these same characteristics that got her through the last few months will make her an excellent advocate for Louisiana in Washington, D.C.”

Julia Letlow beat out 11 other candidates, including Democrat Sandra “Candy” Cristophe, who if elected, would have been Louisiana’s first black congresswoman.