Louisiana Lt. Gov, Mitch Landrieu was elected the first white mayor of the city of New Orleans since 1979, the year his father left office. Landrieu won 66% of the vote in what turned out to be a landslide over the other 10 mayoral candidates.
Landrieu lost to current term-limited Mayor Ray Nagin four years ago, but Nagin's popularity fell sharply in the years following Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu held his victory party at the Roosevelt hotel, which recently reopened after post-Katrina restoration. He had a brass band playing Mardi Gras music as he led a "Who Dat" chant for the Super Bowl bound New Orleans Saints.