New Orleans mayor wins 2d term

NEW ORLEANS — Boosted by a drop in the city’s murder rate and an endorsement from President Obama, Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a landslide victory Saturday in his bid for a second term.

‘‘The results tonight confirm what we hoped was true four years ago: that the people of this great city are ready to move forward,’’ Landrieu said in a victory speech.

He finished with 64 percent of the vote.


The city’s beleaguered sheriff, Marlin Gusman, led three opponents in his race, despite having come under fire last year for problems at the city’s notoriously violent jail. An inmate-made video that surfaced showed drug use, drinking, and an inmate brandishing a loaded gun inside the jail.

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Gusman won 49 percent of the vote and will face a March 15 runoff against former sheriff Charles Foti, who got 29 percent. All the candidates in both races were Democrats.

Landrieu came close to matching his impressive victory of four years ago. He won 66 percent of the vote over 10 opponents in 2010, becoming the first white mayor of majority-black New Orleans since his father, Moon Landrieu, left office in the 1970s.

This year, he faced two African-Americans: retired judge Michael Bagneris, who finished with 33 percent of Saturday’s vote, and local NAACP leader Danatus King, with 3 percent.

Associated Press