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Tue February 4, 2014

New Orleans Elections Heading To Runoff

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is among the candidates who managed to win their campaigns in the primary. A few will be back on a ballot next month.

New Orleans voters aren’t finished yet with those campaign mailers and appeals from candidates.

University of New Orleans political science professor Ed Chervenak says former Sheriff Charles Foti has the toughest fight ahead to get his old job back.

Foti just barely got enough votes to qualify for a runoff with Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

“He would have to get every vote that Marlin Gusman did not get, and so that’s a very difficult task," said Chervenak. "You know the big question is, does he really want to go forward with this? Because it could be an ugly, divisive and very and expensive venture.”

The second of two at-large seats on the City Council is also in a runoff. Longtime Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell  is facing off with criminal defense attorney Jason Williams.

In District C, another familiar face — Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson — will be running against former Judge Nadine Ramsey.

“It’s this contest between experience and new blood," he said. "And so we’ll see what the voter sentiment is, which way they want to go.”  

The runoff is scheduled for March 15.

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