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Mitch Landrieu wins New Orleans mayoral election

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - The numbers are in, and New Orleans has a new mayor-elect.  Longtime New Orleanian Mitch Landrieu, son of former mayor "Moon" Landrieu and brother of Sen. Mary Landrieu, captured 66 percent of the vote.

Troy Henry came in second place with 14 percent.

Since Landrieu will become the next mayor of New Orleans, the position of lieutenant governor is up in the air. Recently, Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed interest in doing away with the position as a whole, but in order for that to happen, it would need to be voted on by the Legislature.

The Secretary of States Office told 9News Landrieu will take the oath of office in May. At that time, Gov.Bobby Jindal, with the approval of two thirds of both houses of the Legislature, will appoint an interim lieutenant governor.

A special election will be held on October 2, when the people will elect a new lieutenant governor to serve out Landrieu's term.

Landrieu, a 49-year-old Democrat, becomes the first white mayor since 1979 when his father was mayor of the city. He will repace term-limited Ray Nagin.

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