Monday, April 24, 2006

'Crossover' vote will be key in New Orleans runoff election...

Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu talks at the Riverside Hilton after Saturday's primary election.

The challenge for Ray Nagin will be to increase his percentage of white votes in the runoff election on May 20. The challenge for Mitch Landrieu will be to increase his percentage of black votes.

Although Nagin led the primary by a 10% margin he is definitely not a shoo-in. Landrieu's father is a former mayor of New Orleans and the family have always had a good relationship with the African American community.

Hopefully, the major focus over the next few weeks will be on what each candidate can do to help with the rebuilding of this badly battered city.