In the Aftermath of Katrina

April 23, 2006

Just an interesting news item:

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin failed to gain enough votes to avoid a run-off election next month. The embattled mayor who has been accused of missteps after Hurricane Katrina will square off against Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu on May 20.

Here is the latest vote tally:

With all the precincts and absentee ballots reported in the nonpartisan primary, Nagin topped all candidates with 38 percent or 41,489 votes but fell short of the majority he would have needed to win a second term and avoid the May 20 runoff.

Landrieu had 29 percent, or 31,499 votes. Nonprofit executive Ron Forman followed with 17 percent, 18,734 votes, and 19 other candidates trailed far behind.

Let’s pray for a fully rebuilt New Orleans, even if it’s not a “Chocolate City.”