Turnout was paltry for both parties, even though the race overlapped with local municipal elections, including a hotly contested race for mayor of Arlington, the district’s biggest city. Just 29,204 ballots were cast for Democrats, compared to the 149,530 votes cast for the Democratic candidate here in the 2020 election. Just 48,554 ballots were cast for Republican candidates, down from the 179,507 votes won by the late Rep. Wright six months ago. Put another way, just 27 percent as many voters cast ballots for Republicans as did so last year; just 20 percent as many voters showed up for Democrats this year compared to last. It was a steeper turnout falloff than either party saw in Louisiana, which held special House elections in March and April, with total turnout cracking 100,000 in the race won by Rep. Julia Letlow (R).