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Nagin wins re-election in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS - Amid supporters cheering his re-election, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said his city is "ready to take off." Nagin narrowly held back challenger Mitch Landrieu, Louisiana's lieutenant governor, whom Nagin called "a gentleman and good public servant."

Landrieu also praised the opposition for a civil contest. Results from Louisiana's Secretary of State's Office showed absentee and early votes went slightly for Nagin. Nagin carried majority black precincts and Landrieu won in majority white ones. But the numbers showed Nagin also pulled a significant crossover vote in some heavily populated predominantly white precincts.

In a victory speech in which he vowed not to get into trouble, Nagin called for unity. He also thanked President Bush for delivering on his promise to help get hurricane recovery funds.

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