Victory in Louisiana Special Congressional Election Guaranteed to Go to Democrat


The two candidates in Lousiana’s Second Congressional District special runoff election Saturday are both Democrats, guaranteeing the Democratic Party will gain another seat in Congress.

State Sens. Karen Carter Peterson and Troy Carter reached the runoff after neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote in March’s special election, Fox News reported.

The state senators are running to replace Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond, who left office to join the Biden administration as a senior adviser and director of the Office of Public Engagement.

The special election will give Democrats one more vote in the House of Representatives, where they hold their most fragile majority since the 1940s.

With a 218-212 majority with five vacant seats, House Democrats can lose two votes and still pass legislation.

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Louisiana voters will choose between Carter, a more moderate candidate aligned with President Joe Biden’s White House, and Carter Peterson, who would be the first black woman to represent the state, according to CNN.

Carter Peterson currently serves as the state’s Democratic Party chair and is the more progressive of the two candidates.

Democratic lawmakers Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York have both endorsed her candidacy, Fox reported.

“[Ocasio-Cortez] knows that it’s not enough to keep electing Democrats who will nibble at the edges of change,” Carter Peterson tweeted Wednesday.

Ocasio-Cortez added that Carter Peterson “would make a fantastic colleague in Congress.”

“I have no doubt that she’ll be a partner in the work to make our country work for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected,” she said in a statement.

Do you think Democrats will choose the more progressive candidate?

Carter will need support from Republican voters to win the runoff, but he is also appealing to more progressive voters.

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“Yesterday, for the first time in the history of Louisiana, I passed out of committee a $15 pr hr minimum wage tied to the consumer price index,” he tweeted Thursday.

“I’m proud to have cleared this 1st step in the process of ensuring a LIVING WAGE for all of the hard working men & women of Louisiana.”

CNN reported that Carter and Carter Peterson were the top two finishers in a 15-candidate March primary, receiving 36 percent and 23 percent of the vote, respectively.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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