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Cantrell and Charbonnet head to a runoff on November 18th

After Saturday night’s election in New Orleans, women will face each other in a runoff for mayor, all but guaranteeing that New Orleans will elect its first female mayor – 214 years later after the first mayor, Étienne de Boré, was elected in December 1803.

With half of precincts in at 10 p.m., LaToya Cantrell was ahead of Desiree M. Charbonnet, 39%-32%.

NOLA.com called the race a runoff between Cantrell and Charbonnet at 10:14 p.m.

The election of Cantrell or Charbonnet will also mean that Louisiana’s 3 largest cities will have black women at the helm: the mayors of Shreveport and Baton Rouge are both black women.

Cantrell and Charbonnet will face each other in a runoff on November 18th.

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