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Politico: Julia Letlow wins special election to replace her late husband in Congress

Her husband, Luke Letlow, died in December after battling Covid-19.

Louisiana Republican Julia Letlow won a special election Saturday to fill the seat won last year by her now-late husband, who died in December from Covid.

She took 62 percent of the vote in the 12-way race, a commanding victory that cleared the majority threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Her election brings the number of Republican women in Congress to 31 — a stunning turnaround from the end of last cycle, when there were just 13.

Letlow’s victory was not unexpected. She dominated the field in fundraising and endorsements since launching her campaign. Former President Donald Trump endorsed her campaign in March, and she is also supported by Winning for Women Action Fund. She raised more than $680,000 as of the end of February; no other candidate raised more than $70,000.

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