Troy Carter wins Louisiana special election runoff, CNN projects
April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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State Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, speaks about his campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat after signing up for the race on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. The seat is vacant because former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond resigned to work for the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte) SLUG BC-LA--Louisiana Elections
Democratic state Sen. Troy Carter will win the special election runoff in Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, CNN projects.
(CNN)Democratic state Sen. Troy Carter will win the special election runoff in Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, CNN projects.
Carter, a former New Orleans city council member, was the more moderate candidate in the runoff and ran as someone willing to work across the aisle.
His opponent, fellow Democratic state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (no relation), ran on a more progressive platform.
The race in this majority Black district that stretches from New Orleans to Baton Rouge was also an early test of the direction of the Democratic Party three months into Biden's presidency.
Carter was more comfortable embracing the establishment banner, casting himself as an effective legislator and touting his endorsements from Richmond, South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, Louisiana teachers' unions, and the Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO.
He will be the only Democrat representing the Bayou State in Congress.
Peterson, who had the endorsement of EMILY's List -- which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights -- would have been the first Black woman to represent the state in Congress.
In 2006, both Carter and Peterson ran against then-Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat who at the time was under investigation for corruption and would later be convicted.