[Guest post by DRJ]
New Orleans’ voters have elected a new Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, in a landslide:
“Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, son of a former mayor and brother of a U.S. senator, routed five major challengers in Saturday’s mayoral primary, riding a sense of regret among voters who rejected him four years ago and extraordinary biracial support to claim an unprecedented first-round landslide victory.
When he takes office May 6, Landrieu will become the city’s first white chief executive since his father, Moon Landrieu, left the job in 1978. Early analysis shows that Mitch Landrieu’s victory owed to widespread crossover voting by African-Americans, who make up two-thirds of the city’s residents.”
Landrieu captured 66% of the vote. Second-place finisher Troy Henry had 14% of the vote. Henry, who is black, “showed up at Landrieu’s victory party to congratulate the mayor-elect.” That’s a welcome gesture in these polarized times.