elections

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.

Tyler A. Gamble / Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

New Orleans voters are heading to the polls today. They’ll decide if incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu gets a second four-year term.

Many elections will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, including municipal primary elections for New Orleans mayor, city council and coroner.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

You can find information on the races in your area, including polling precincts and sample ballots, on the Louisiana Secretary of State's website:

Click here for the full website.

Eve Abrams / WWNO

Pop Quiz: Which New Orleans official was first elected to office in 1974 and has been reelected to that same office nine times, serving a total of 40 consecutive years on the job? Here’s a hint: the office is in charge of mental health commitments, sexual assault examinations, and... classifying the dead.

If you guessed Frank Minyard, the Coroner of New Orleans, you are right. But, for the first time in four decades, Mr. Minyard will not be on the ballot this Saturday. We take a look into who is vying to become New Orleans’ next coroner.

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who easily won re-election in 2010 after seeing his career put in jeopardy by a prostitution scandal just three years before, confirmed Tuesday that he will run for governor in his state in 2015.

Vitter Enters Race for Louisiana Governor

Jan 21, 2014

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.

Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."

The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.

Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited.

More than 400 people packed a debate held at Dillard University where Mayor Mitch Landrieu highlighted accomplishments of his four-year term. His two challengers — NAACP New Orleans chapter President Danatus King and former judge Michael Bagneris — then slammed the incumbent for what they say is not being done.

Candidates for several New Orleans elected offices are appearing at forums throughout the city. Some will be chosen by districts; others by voters throughout the city.

Jason Saul / WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is getting some high-powered backing of his re-election campaign. It comes from the White House.

President Obama has stepped in to offer his support to Mayor Landrieu.

University of New Orleans political science professor Ed Chervenak says it’s a significant step in a mayoral race.

“You know, it’s unusual, but the mayor said he was going to use every resource and press every advantage,”   Chervenak said.

Landrieu says it’s vital to the city’s recovery to have a good relationship with the federal government.

Early voting begins Saturday, Nov. 2 for the election to be held on Nov. 16.

There will be elections in 39 parishes, according to the reminder sent out by La. Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office. Early voting will continue through Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (excluding Sunday, Nov. 3).

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