Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy endorses Julia Letlow in 5th Congressional District race
Louisiana Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is endorsing Republican Julia Letlow of Start in the 5th Congressional District race.
Letlow's campaign released a video of Kennedy's endorsement Monday as early voting resumed for the March 20 special election.
"I don't need to tell you that we need more common sense in Congress," Kennedy says in the video. "That's why I'm supporting Julia Letlow.
"Julia is whip smart. Julia Letlow is tough, tough, tough. She's tough as a pine knot. She's the woman we need representing Louisiana's 5th District in Congress."
The 5th Congressional District seat came open after Julia Letlow's late husband Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died from COVID-19 complications in December before taking office.
Letlow and Alexandria Democrat Sandra "Candy Christophe" are considered the top contenders in the 5th District race.
Louisiana's rambling 5th Congressional District is the largest geographic district in the state with 24 parishes. Monroe and Alexandria are the population hubs, but it meanders into Acadiana to take in part of Opelousas and into the Florida parishes to Bogalusa.
Voters can cast their ballots early from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. through March 13 and request absentee by mail ballots through March 16.
Absentee by mail ballots can be requested online through the state voter portal or in writing through parish registrars of voters.
The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is March 19 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).
Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.