Landrieu, who lost to Nagin in a runoff four years ago, was a welcome change for some voters who grew frustrated with the city’s current mayor. Little known outside New Orleans before Katrina, Nagin became a central, and sometimes controversial figure, in the city’s struggle to recover. Though he won re-election as he courted black voters in the 2006 campaign. Nagin notoriously pledged after the hurricane that New Orleans would be a “chocolate city” again, offending many whites.
Polls showed his popularity fell sharply in the years after the storm.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
New Orleans elects first white mayor in over 30 years