Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times
Nagin Wins Re - Election as Big Easy Mayor
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 21, 2006
Filed at 12:16 a.m. ET
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Mayor Ray Nagin, whose shoot-from-the-hip style was both praised and scorned after Hurricane Katrina, narrowly won re-election over Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu on Saturday in the race to oversee one of the biggest rebuilding projects in U.S. history.
''We are ready to take off. We have citizens around the country who want to come back to the city of New Orleans, and we're going to get them all back,'' Nagin said in a joyful victory speech that took on the tone of Sunday sermon.
''If we are unified there is nothing we cannot do,'' he said. ''It's time for us to stop the bickering. It's time for us to stop measuring things in black and white and yellow and Asian. It's time for us to be one New Orleans.''
With all 442 precincts reporting, Nagin won with 52.3 percent, or 59,460 votes, to Landrieu's 47.7 percent, or 54,131 votes. Results showed he got black votes he needed from scattered residents across the country who voted by fax and absentee ballots, and got a sizable crossover vote from white districts.
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