Despite the fact that most everyone in the media was anointing Mitch Landrieu as the next mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin is now the projected winner of today’s election.
We’ll now proceed to have people who got it dead wrong tell us what happened like they understood it all along.
In the mean time if you’d like to understand what really happened, read my post from April, Misunderstanding the New Orleans Vote – And Why Whites Will Re-Elect Ray Nagin.
To give just one example, there is a bellwether precinct in Lakeview which is about 98% white. In 2002 Nagin got 96% of the vote in the district. In the 2006 primary he got only 4% — but in the run-off he got over 20% of the vote in that precinct. The same whites who voted for someone else in the primary disliked Mitch more than they disliked Nagin.
Nagin -again- owes his term to the whites in New Orleans. He got over 20% of the white vote and Mitch failed to get more than 20% of the black vote.
Nagin started his first term very well. Here’s hoping he can do the same in the second.
Update before I finish typing As I type, Mitch is conceding.
BTW for you partisan hacks, this is better news for Republicans than Democrats.