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Louisiana congressional candidate registration period ends

As of Jan. 2021, Louisiana has six congressional districts. The 2nd District, in blue,...
As of Jan. 2021, Louisiana has six congressional districts. The 2nd District, in blue, encompasses parts of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The 5th District covers most of the state bordering Mississippi, along with parts of central and northeast Louisiana.(KNOE)
Published: Jan. 23, 2021 at 4:59 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than two dozen candidates vying to be Louisiana’s newest U.S. House members have registered to run in the March 20 special election to fill the two vacant congressional seats.

Thirteen contenders filed paperwork to compete for the 5th District seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. That position is open because Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow died from COVID-19 complications. Letlow’s widow is among those in the race, along with a candidate who is running for the seat from a jail cell.

Competing for the New Orleans-based 2nd District seat are 15 candidates. They include two Democratic state senators from New Orleans and a Baton Rouge community activist.