Repeatng his familiar "One team, one voice, one fight, one city" slogan in his victory speech, Mayor Mitch Landrieu pledged to continue "peaceful pathway to the future ... and now the people of New Orleans have spoken again."
"How y'all doin'?" he began to a crowd of several hundred supporters at the Hyatt Regency downtown, rattling off a list of the neighborhoods where he said he heard the voices of New Orleanians ("I heard you in Gentilly, Pontilly and Pontchartrain Park ... in Gert Town, in backatown, and Mama, I even heard you on Prieur Street"). "a city that is something more, a New Orleans that we've always dreamed she could be."
Onstage with Landrieu were his wife, Cheryl Landrieu, and their children; his sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, his father, former Mayor Moon Landrieu, his mother, Verna Landrieu, and various political supporters including State Reps. Helena Moreno, Walt Leger III and Neil Abramson.
WWL-TV called the race for Landrieu at a remarkably early hour — 8:16 p.m., 16 minutes after the polls closed — and the announcement didn't seem to resonate immediately in the room. As word spread, however, supporters began arriving by the dozens. Landrieu finished with 64 percent of the vote. Former judge Michael Bagneris had 33 percent and NAACP New Orleans president Danatus King had 3 percent. Jeanie Riess was at the Bagneris camp and spoke to the candidate after his concession
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In the City Council races, Stacy Head easily took the At-Large 1 seat, as did two incumbents: District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry and District E Councilman James Gray.
District C will see a runoff between Jackie Clarkson and Nadine Ramsey, who were separated by only 24 votes. The At-Large 2 seat will be a runoff between Cynthia Hedge Morrell and Jason Williams.
Jared Brossett eked out a win in District D with just over 50 percent of the vote.
Arthur Morrell easily won reelection to Clerk of Court.
In the New Orleans coroner race, Dwight McKenna will face off against Jeffrey Rouse.