Runoff for New Orleans Mayor

4-23-06 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."


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