March 20 election will determine who fills seat following Luke Letlow’s death

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will call a special election on March 20 to fill the 5th Congressional District seat won by Luke Letlow, who died Tuesday from COVID-19 complications, Edwards’ office said today

Letlow, 41, had been elected to replace incumbent Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, who didn’t seek reelection to honor a three-term limit pledge he made in 2014. 

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said he spoke to Edwards late Tuesday night to discuss options, The News Star reports. 

Ardoin said the special election will likely be combined with a 2nd Congressional District election to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, who will vacate his seat to join the leadership team of President-elect Joe Biden.

The special elections for Congress would coincide with already scheduled spring elections on March 20 for the primary and April 24 for a runoff.

Until then the 5th Congressional District will be without a representative once Abraham’s term expires this week and the new Congress is sworn-in Sunday. Read the full story.