LaToya Cantrell celebrates her victory within the New Orleans mayoral election throughout her election occasion on the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in New Orleans. Cantrell, a City Council member who gained a political following as she labored to badist her hard-hit neighborhood get well from Hurricane Katrina, was the victor Saturday evening in an election that can make her the primary girl mayor in New Orleans’ historical past.(Photo: Michael DeMocker/AP)

NEW ORLEANS — LaToya Cantrell was elected the subsequent mayor of New Orleans in a landslide victory with 60 % of the vote.

“This win tonight is not for me nor my family. This win tonight is for the city of New Orleans. Yes! Absolutely!” Cantrell stated as she addressed her supporters on the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City.

Cantrell defeated Desiree Charbonnet 51,342 to 33,729 to take town’s high elected spot after a month-long runoff. She grew to become the primary feminine mayor within the metropolis’s 300-year historical past.

Cantrell stated she congratulated Charbonnet not solely on her marketing campaign however for making historical past along with her in a two-woman runoff.

A couple of miles away on the identical time, Charbonnet delivered her concession speech.

“I truly do not regret one moment of anything about this campaign — resigning from my position, working every day and talking to people, touching our community and knowing exactly what the needs are. I am so proud to have been in that race,” she stated earlier than congratulating Cantrell. “Listen, y’all. If she does well, we all do well.”


“This is not a surprise,” WWL-TV political badyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos stated of Cantrell’s win. “The only thing that remains to be seen is exactly what her margin (of victory) will be.”

Early outcomes confirmed Cantrell successful neighborhoods in her dwelling base of Broadmoor, elements of Uptown and Mid-City and New Orleans East.

DuBos stated Cantrell’s victory got here amid anemic turnout amongst voters. “It’s not like a race … where you had a 60 percent turnout pretty much everywhere. We’re seeing turnouts that might be at or around 20 (percent) to some that are 35 (percent) or more.”

WWL-TV pollster Ron Faucheux stated that primarily based on early returns, Cantrell possible benefited from African-American voters. Charbonnet, in the meantime, appeared to take the white vote by about 30 %.

“If that is the case,” Faucheux stated, “then Cantrell would ultimately win the race by at least a seven- or eight-point margin.”

Faucheux stated that Cantrell, who represented Council District B, added one other first to town’s historical past books Saturday evening. While voters have despatched at-large council members to the mayor’s workplace, by no means earlier than has a district council member received the workplace.


Retired Civil Court Judge Michael Bagneris tossed his help behind Cantrell after the first. Faucheux stated the phrase of a third-place finisher normally would not carry a lot weight however on this case it was extra important.

“His vote really was the swing vote, and I think denying that endorsement from Desiree Charbonnet really hurt her,” Faucheux stated.

DuBos added that Bagneris received a number of help within the white neighborhood, along with the African-American neighborhood. “His endorsement cut across all race lines and even age lines among his supporters.”

Cantrell marketing campaign advisor Karen Carvin Shachat stated the marketing campaign used outdated practices and new know-how — reminiscent of social media — to have interaction youthful voters. “We had the best of both worlds.”


Since this election cycle was moved up by a number of months however the inauguration remained set for May, there will probably be a six-month span earlier than Cantrell takes workplace. Shachat stated Cantrell will use that point to set concrete plans for his first months in workplace.

“It’s going to give her an opportunity to get it right,” Shachat stated. She added that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has agreed to cooperate with the transition.

“There’s a lot of work to do,” Shachat stated.

Cantrell in addressing her supporters stated that “no one will be left out” throughout her tenure.

“Today, tonight, it’s about moving forward together,” she stated.

Real-time election outcomes might be discovered right here.

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