by Kevin Allman
Broadmoor activist LaToya Cantrell bested Juvenile Justice Project director Dana Kaplan in the New Orleans City Council District B race tonight, while attorney James Gray was projected to beat state Rep. Austin Badon in the race for the District E seat.
Both races were much less tight than many political observers had predicted. With 88% of the vote counted, Cantrell was ahead of Kaplan 54-46%, while Gray led Badon 59-41% with less than half the vote counted.
In Acadiana, the race for the redrawn 3rd Congressional District saw Rep. Charles Boustany trouncing Rep. Jeff Landry, 61-39%, with 98% of the vote counted.
Speaking on WWL-TV, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos called the margin "significant" and "the final nail in the coffin" after a November race that saw tea party-backed candidates rejected around the country. Landry was a tea party favorite. DuBos called it "a victory for mainstream traditional Republicans."
A proposed service fee hike for the New Orleans 911 phone system was also rejected by voters. With 72% of the vote counted, the measure was failing 62-38%.