Lance Harris secures law enforcement endorsement in 5th Congressional District race
Republican state Rep. Lance Harris of Alexandria has secured the endorsement of the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police, his campaign announced Saturday.
Harris faces fellow Republican Luke Letlow of Start in the Dec. 5. runoff election.
"This means more to me than any political endorsement," Harris said. "The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every single day to keep us safe and I will always have their back. I can't wait to take a stand for them in Washington."
“The Louisiana Fraternal Order are proud to endorse and support Lance Harris for Congress," the organization said in a statement. "Rep. Harris has consistently shown his support for law enforcement in Louisiana, including passing America's first blue lives matter law.”
Letlow finished first in the Nov. 3 primary election with 33% with Harris second at 17%. Since neither won a majority in the nine-candidate primary, the top two finishers face each other in the runoff.
Early voting is already under way and resumes Monday.
The 5th District is Louisiana's only congressional race that wasn't settled in the primary and was the state's only congressional race without an incumbent.
It's also one of only five undecided House races in the country and the only one that will be a runoff election. The other four were still too close to call from the Nov. 3 election with votes still being tabulated.
The 5th is Louisiana's largest geographic district in the state. Alexandria and Monroe are the population hubs, but the boundaries dip into Acadiana to take in Opelousas and into the Florida parishes to take in Bogalusa.
Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.