A progressive candidate backed by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York lost a special congressional election in Louisiana on Saturday.
The election to fill the vacant seat of former Rep. Cedric Richmond, who joined the Biden administration as a senior adviser and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, was won by state Sen. Troy Carter, an establishment Democrat, according to Politico.
Carter defeated Democratic state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who was backed by a number of far-left politicians and groups, 55 percent to 45 percent.
There were no Republicans in Saturday’s runoff election.
Fifteen candidates had competed for the 2nd Congressional District seat in March, with Peterson and Carter coming out as the top two vote-getters then.
Peterson was strongly supported by more than $1 million in outside