Nancy Pelosi’s historically slim House majority just got even smaller as Republican Rep. Julia Letlow is officially sworn into the House of Representatives for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. Letlow will fill the seat left by her late husband Luke who recently passed away from Covid-19 complications before being sworn into the House.
Julia easily won the Louisiana special election, receiving nearly 65% of the vote.
Fox News reports:
This gives Republicans 212 seats in the House, catching up to Democrats’ 218. Since tie votes fail in the House, that means Democrats cannot lose more than two votes from their party to pass legislation if the GOP fully opposes them.
That slim margin of error could prevent Democrats from passing more progressive bills that moderates in their party may not support.
Some reinforcements may soon be on the way, however, with Democrats favored in two of the three House special elections that will be held over the next two months.
Former President Trump issued a glowing endorsement for Rep. Letlow’s campaign and congratulated her when she won saying her late husband is looking down proudly at her accomplishment.
Trump congratulated Rep. Letlow, “Congratulations to Julia Letlow on her BIG win in Louisiana! Despite running in a field with a dozen candidates, no runoff election is necessary because she received 65% of the vote—an incredible victory. I am thrilled for Julia and the entire Letlow family. Luke is looking down proudly from above.”