Troy Carter Wins Special Runoff Election for Louisiana US House Seat

Democrat Troy Carter won the runoff round of the special election for the Louisiana U.S. House seat vacated by former Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who had stepped down to serve in the White House after being nominated by President Joe Biden. According to the Louisiana Department of State, Carter defeated fellow Democrat Karen Peterson 55-45. Unofficial figures peg the turnout in the election at 16.6 percent. A total of at least seven Democrats and several Republicans competed for the Bayou State’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Carter received the most votes (36 percent) during the first round of the special election on March 20. Peterson received 23 percent at the time. Neither had reached the 50 percent threshold, triggering the runoff round. Peterson had appealed to the Democratic party’s progressive wing, winning endorsements of Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), according to The Hill. Carter courted the establishment …

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