Like most Louisiana elections, these were conducted using a jungle primary that occurred on November 3, where all candidates ran on the same ballot in the primary, regardless of party. Any candidate who earned an absolute majority of the vote in the primary would be automatically declared the winner of the election. However, if in any given congressional district no candidate gained an absolute majority of the votes, a runoff election between the top two candidates within said congressional district would have been held on December 5. The 5th district was the only one that did not have it's incumbent run for re-election, and also held the only runoff election.
The 2nd district stretches from New Orleans to inner Baton Rouge. The seat is currently vacant following the resignation of incumbent Democrat Cedric Richmond on Jan. 15, who was re-elected with 80.8% of the vote in 2018.
Belden "Noonie Man" Batiste (Independent), activist and perennial candidate
The 5th district encompasses rural northeastern Louisiana, central Louisiana, as well as the northern part of Louisiana's Florida parishes in southeast Louisiana, taking in Monroe, Alexandria, Opelousas, Amite and Bogalusa, LA. On February 26, 2020, Republican incumbent Ralph Abraham announced he would not be seeking re-election for a fourth term, honoring his pledge to only serve three terms in Congress.Luke Letlow, Abraham's former Chief of Staff, was elected to the seat on December 5, 2020. He was scheduled to assume office on January 3, 2021, but died on December 29, 2020 of complications from COVID-19. A special election for this seat was held on March 20, 2021, which was won by Letlow's widow, Julia.
"Election Guides: Louisiana", Spreadthevote.org, archived from the original on October 4, 2020, retrieved October 7, 2020. (Guidance to help voters get to the polls; addresses transport, childcare, work, information challenges)
Official campaign websites for 1st district candidates