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Louisiana sends Julia Letlow to Congress after husband Luke Letlow dies from COVID-19

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Julia Letlow

Republican Julia Letlow won Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District election Saturday in a landslide less than three months after her late husband Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died from COVID complications before he could take office.

Letlow, who lives in rural Richland Parish in northeastern Louisiana, will become the first woman to represent Louisiana in Congress in more than six years.

She will also be the first Republican woman to ever represent Louisiana in Congress.

USA Today Network is projecting Letlow winning Saturday’s primary election with 65%, avoiding a runoff against Democrat Sandra “Candy” Christophe of Alexandria, who finished second with 27%.

Luke Letlow had won the seat in a December runoff election against fellow Republican state Rep. Lance Harris of Alexandria.

But Luke Letlow contracted COVID-19 soon after his victory and died Dec. 29.

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