New Orleans Election Results From The Lens

Elias Hubbard
November 19, 2017

LaToya Cantrell soared past Desiree Charbonnet on Saturday to become the first female mayor ...

Cantrell noted the historical moment in her victory speech to supporters at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City.

It was an ugly runoff race that stemmed from an initial crowded field of 18 candidates vying to replace two-term Mayor Mitch Landrieu, with campaigns slinging accusations of improper spending while in office and cronyism and corruption. Another is dysfunction at the agency overseeing city drainage and drinking water.

That clearly resonated with millenials and post-Katrina transplants who flocked to her campaign, pre-election polls showed. While she parlayed her success there into a City Council seat, she never fully abandoned that storm-the-barricades spirit. It was unclear whether turnout would surpass that on Saturday. Cantrell faced questions about her use of a city credit card. Charbonnet has been cast as a political insider by critics who raised fears she would steer city work to political cronies.

Katrina was a theme in the backstory of both candidates.

Charbonnet, from a well-known political family in New Orleans, was the city's elected recorder of mortgages before she was a judge. It showed 46 percent of 602 voters surveyed from November 1-8 favored Cantrell over Charbonnet, who had 35 percent; 20 percent were undecided.

Michael Bagneris, who came in third in the primary mayoral race, quickly endorsed Cantrell after the primary. Cantrell countered that her office kept a thorough accounting of her purchases and repaid the charges with either personal or campaign money.

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