Troy Carter, a Democratic state senator, won a special election to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district. Carter beat Karen Carter Peterson, another Democratic state senator, with 55 percent of the vote.
There are 657 precincts divided among 10 parishes (or parts of parishes) in this district, which contains most of New Orleans and extends up to Baton Rouge. Out of the parishes, Peterson won East Baton Rouge, Iberville, West Baton Rouge and Ascension. Carter won Orleans, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Jefferson, St. Charles and Assumption.
Both candidates support increasing the federal minimum wage, legalizing recreational marijuana, ending cash bail and forgiving up to $50,000 in student loan debt. Carter supports letting the public choose between government-funded health care and private insurance; Peterson backs universal health care.
The U.S. House seat was vacated by former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, who became a senior advisor to President Joe Biden and the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in January. Richmond endorsed Carter for the position.