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Nagin, Landrieu in Runoff for New Orleans Mayor

April 23, 2006 - Posted at 12:57 p.m. CST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Turnout was low in yesterday's election in

New Orleans, with about one-third of registered voters casting

ballots.

But voters trimmed 20 names off a list of 22 candidates, and

they'll have to vote again next month for their mayor.

Current Mayor Ray Nagin and Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu

are the survivors of yesterday's election, and they'll

meet in a runoff on May 20th.

Nobody got the required majority for outright election in

Saturday's primary.

Nagin drew 38 percent of the ballots and Landrieu got 29

percent.

Nagin says the city will no longer be a city of haves and

have-nots. He says the ``economic pie that is getting ready to

explode before our eyes is going to be shared equally.''

Landrieu says his showing is a testament to the unity the city

needs after Katrina, a storm that he said put all of New Orleans

``literally in the same boat.''

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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