Landrieu in a Primary Landslide

Michael Luke, WWL-TV (New Orleans), February 6, 2010

For the first time since 1978, New Orleans will have a white mayor. Shortly after the polls closed, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, a two-time loser to capture City Hall, won the election in a run-away, burying the field early and grabbing a large percentage of votes across all racial lines.

It was Landrieu’s father, Maurice “Moon” Landrieu, who was New Orleans last white mayor.

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Winning votes heavily across all segments of the city, analysts were able to call the race so early as Landrieu ran way in front among almost all demographics: Republicans, Democrats, women, men, white voters and black voters.

Rigamer projected that Landrieu would draw 62 percent of black voters and 69 percent of white voters.

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Landrieu’s victory was “a combination of buyer’s remorse from four years ago (when he lost in a runoff to Mayor Ray Nagin) and feeling, a pendulum effect–he is the most unlike Ray Nagin,” said Clancy DuBos, WWL-TV political analyst, alluding to Nagin’s abysmal approval rating, which is around 20 percent.

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The quick call rippled through the campaign headquarters of several candidates as one, John Georges, gave his concession speech less than an hour after the polls closed.

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