Voting starts in New Orleans as Landrieu seeks new terms as mayor

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu talks about Tropical Storm Isaac as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal looks on during a news conference in New OrleansVoting opened in New Orleans on Saturday, with front-runner Mayor Mitch Landrieu trying to win a another four-year term on a record of helping the Crescent City rebuild itself from Hurricane Katrina. But his African-American challengers have said Landrieu, the white scion of one of the state’s pre-eminent Democratic political families, has not done enough to help the poor in the predominantly black city. His main challenger is state court Judge Michael Bagneris, who had been executive counsel to former Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial and is well-known in the black political establishment. Tourism, one of New Orleans’ biggest industries, has made a striking recovery since Katrina hit in 2005, with visitor numbers in 2013 approaching a nine-year high.

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