Trump-backed an “America First” candidate, Julia Letlow, and won the first special election. According to Trump, this is the first out of numerous victories in the future.
ABC News reported:
“Julia Letlow made history Saturday as the first Republican woman elected to Congress from Louisiana, replacing her late husband who died from complications related to COVID-19,”
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The reporter also said: “Letlow, a 40-year-old university administrator who wrote a doctoral dissertation on grief, easily won against 11 other contenders in the race for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District seat,”
“She is the third woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana and the only woman among the state’s current congressional delegation.”
Letlow also commented on her victory. She said that it was a precious moment for her, and there aren’t words to explain how she feels.
“What was born out of the terrible tragedy of losing my husband, Luke, has become my mission in his honor to carry the torch and serve the good people of Louisiana’s 5th District.”
In the middle of March, Donald Trump endorsed Julia Letlow, “America First” political candidate, to run for Congress in Louisiana.
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His statement was:
“Julia Letlow, a wonderful and talented person who is the widow of U.S. Representative-elect Luke Letlow, is running for Congress in Louisiana-5 at the urging of so many people who know her so very well,”
“She is Pro-Life and strong on Crime, the Border, loves our Military, our Vets, and will always protect our cherished Second Amendment,”
“Julia, who is so outstanding, has my Complete and Total Endorsement,”
“The Great State of Louisiana will be thrilled!”
Moreover, Dr. Julia Letlow thanked Trump via Twitter. Below you can see her tweet.
It's truly an honor to receive President Trump's endorsement and I look forward to joining in the fight to save our country by putting America first! pic.twitter.com/maezK3nNA7
— Julia B Letlow, Ph.D (@jbletlow) March 11, 2021
However, Mr. Letlow, Julia’s husband, tragically died before he was sworn in.
“Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who won a runoff earlier this month to represent Louisiana’s northeastern 5th District, died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19,”
Luke Letlow was supposed to swear in on January 3.
After Luke’s death, Andrew Bautsch, Luke’s spokesman, shared a statement.
“The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,”
“A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.”
Trump gave Julia Letlow a chance to continue Luke’s legacy, allowing Louisianans to have hope for new, proper leadership.