Louisiana Republican Julia Letlow won a special election Saturday to switch her husband, Luke Letlow, who was elected to the House of Representatives final yr however died battling COVID-19 earlier than he was seated.
Julia Letlow will now characterize Louisiana’s fifth District, a Republican stronghold within the closely gerrymandered state and a district each she and her late husband gained with greater than 60 % of the vote. Luke Letlow was 41 when he died on Dec. 29 from coronary heart issues associated to COVID-19. He was to be sworn in Jan. 3.
Julia Letlow introduced her marketing campaign days after Luke Letlow died. She is a first-time legislator who works as an administrator on the University of Louisiana Monroe. Establishment Republicans, together with Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, backed Letlow in her race in opposition to 11 different candidates.
In a statement, Julia Letlow known as her particular election victory an “incredible moment,” saying it was “born out of the terrible tragedy of losing my husband.”
During his time as a candidate and congressman-elect, Luke Letlow was a staunch supporter of former president Donald Trump, and he defended Trump’s anti-democratic attempts to overturn the outcomes of final yr’s presidential election. He was amongst a lot of legislators who continued internet hosting in-person marketing campaign occasions through the pandemic. After his dying, Politico reported he was the first legislator to die from the coronavirus.
Trump, who repeatedly lied in regards to the seriousness of COVID-19 and discouraged Americans from taking life-saving precautions to keep away from spreading it, publicly endorsed Julia Letlow’s marketing campaign to switch her deceased husband in Congress.
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