Louisiana state Sen. Troy Carter (D) won Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District special election runoff on Saturday to replace former Rep. Cedric Richmond, who left the House to join the Biden administration, giving Democrats an additional seat in their narrow lead in the House.
“I will wake up every day with you on my mind, on my heart, and I will work for you tirelessly,” Carter told supporters in his acceptance speech.”The work begins tomorrow.”
Carter defeated fellow state Senator Karen Carter Peterson in a 55.2% to 44.8% vote, according to The Washington Post.
The two state senators received the top vote counts in a special election held in March to succeed Rep. Cedric Richmond. Richmond resigned to serve as President Joe Biden’s White House director of public engagement.
The race required a runoff since neither candidate earned at least 50 percent of the vote.
After Carter joins the House, Democrats will hold a 219 to 212 majority over Republicans. Four additional vacancies remain that will include future special elections.
Peterson had sought to become the first Black woman to represent the district. “I’m wishing Sen. Carter well as he represents Louisiana in Washington. I will keep fighting every day for our communities, our people, and the progressive change we need,” Carter Peterson wrote on Twitter.
Carter appeared ready for action following her win. “I bounced out of bed ready to go to church, overwhelmed with joy and the magnitude of where I am, a place I’ve dreamed of. Now I have the opportunity to do the things I’ve committed to do. I take it very seriously,” Carter said Sunday at New Zion Baptist Church, which celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Some argued the win shows Democrats oppose the more radical agenda of “woke” politics represented by Peterson. Local New Orleans media noted her campaign “ran as a problem-solving Democrat who is willing to work with independents and Republicans.”