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The people of New Orleans are captivated by a contest this weekend. Plus, the city also is voting for a new mayor.
The New York Times has a preview:
NEW ORLEANS -- Politics may not be the main topic of conversation in this football-addled town right now, but there is a mayoral election on Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl, and its outcome could be historic.
The results of Saturday's mayoral primary, four-and-a-half years after Hurricane Katrina violently jarred New Orleans from its trajectory, will say much about how this city views race, how it views leadership and how it views its challenges in the immediate future.
Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, a three-time candidate for mayor who entered the race at the last minute in December, has such a comfortable lead, according to numerous local polls, that he could win the primary outright with more than half of the votes, thus becoming the first white mayor of New Orleans in 32 years
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