BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Troy Carter has won a special runoff election for a vacant U.S. House seat based in New Orleans.

The state senator Saturday defeated his fellow Democratic colleague in the state Senate, Karen Carter Peterson. Carter will fill the 2nd District congressional seat that had been held for years by Democrat Cedric Richmond. Richmond left the position to work for President Joe Biden’s administration. The seat represents a majority-Black district centered in New Orleans and extending up the Mississippi River into Baton Rouge. Richmond backed Carter in the election.

The two candidates differed more in style than substance, with Carter positioning himself as more willing to work across party lines.

(Story written by Melinda Deslatte/AP)

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