Washington Watch: Special Elections Produce a New GOP House Member, and a Hot Runoff Between Two Democrats

A new Republican member of Congress

The first special election for an open house, decided in 2021, produced a new Republican member from a very Republican district. Julia Letlow swept to victory in a race on Saturday to occupy the Louisiana headquarters 5th Congressional District, which became vacant when her late husband Luke Letlow died of complications from Covid-19 following his election last fall. Julia Letlow won 65 percent the vote in the northeastern district of Louisiana, where Donald Trump won by 30 points in November 2020. democrat Candy Christophe, whose campaign said she “stepped on the plate and set out to do what others thought was impossible: become the first black woman to represent the great state of Louisiana,” won 27 percent. In most states there would be general elections in which the main party candidates compete against each other. However, under Louisiana law, all candidates from all parties go to the same elementary school, and if you get more than 50 percent that candidate will be elected. Letlow, who ran with strong support from Trump, “struggled with the vow to uphold conservative Christian values ​​and to protect unborn children and the right to bear arms. However, like many Louisiana Republicans, she was open to federal spending and highlighted support for infrastructure projects, particularly projects that improve internet access for rural areas in her district and state. The election of Letlow increases the number of Republican women in the House of Representatives to 31 and reduces the Democratic advantage to the House to 220-212.

The partisan balance is likely to tend in a democratic direction next month, however, as a new member is guaranteed to join the House’s Democratic caucus in a special election in Louisiana.

Two Democrats fight for an open house that represents New Orleans

The other special elections in Louisiana on Saturday did not produce an immediate winner, as no candidate finished above 50 percent. This means that the two best players in the largely democratic 2nd district of the state will compete against each other on April 24th. The winner will be a Democrat as the top two finishers, who replace former Representative Cedric Richmond (now a key adviser in the Biden administration), are Senators from the Democratic State Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson. Carter is near Richmond and has Biden’s aide approval. He is widely considered to be the more centrist candidate in the race, although he would likely join the Progressive Caucus of Congress. Both candidates support Medicare for All, but the split of the plans for a Green New Deal – Carter is not keen on the plan, while Peterson is. She poses as “unapologetically progressive. ”

Carter finished Saturday’s first round of voting in New Orleans County by a margin and won 36 to 23 percent for Peterson. But another progressive, Gary Chambers Jr., took 21 percent. The drain is therefore expected to be very competitive. Peterson is already supported by a number of national progressives. Stacey Abrams, the voting rights activist and candidate for the Democratic Georgia Board of Governors in 2018, is a huge supporter. saying, “I’m very careful with endorsements and I have friends I love and I have other decisions to make, but Karen has been in the ditch with me for more than a decade. She has fought with me for more than a decade. She has on.” believed the power of our people and put their money and heart where their mouth is. “

And we now know the schedule for the Ohio special elections

Now this former representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) was approved as the Secretary for Health and Human Services for the Biden Government. The drainage plan was set to fill their vacant seat in District 11 of Ohio, where Cleveland is the largest city. The democratic primary is held 3rd August. The general election is scheduled for November 2nd. The primaries are likely to be crucial as the district is predominantly democratic. The former senator is one of the leading democratic candidates Nina Turner, a key ally of the chairman of the Senate Budgets Committee, Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator who was a top contender for the 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential nominations. Sanders supports Turner, as do many other prominent progressives and Unions like the Amalgamated Transit Union; the retail, wholesale and department store union; and Bakers Union 19 the Bakery, Pastry, Tobacco Worker & Flour Mills International Union. Progressive Democrats of America, Justice Democrats, Democracy for America, MoveOn, Our Revolution and the Working Families Parry are also on board for Turner.

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