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During the final weeks of the New Orleans mayoral race, everyone joked that the city was paying more attention to the Saints than the election. But, it turns out this was't a joke -- and it may have contributed to Democrat Mitch Landrieu's remarkably easy victory on Saturday.
From the New York Times:
Just as the election was gaining heat, the Saints happened to win a trip to the Super Bowl and all talk of the mayor's race was drowned out for its last two weeks. That made it much harder for lesser-known candidates to gain traction. The lack of general excitement about the race was not simply because football or Mardi Gras drew all the attention, but also because of this weary city's mood.
(Hat tip: Swing State Project)
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