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.
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.
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.
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.