NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) - Democrat Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans on Saturday night, becoming the first white mayor of this majority-black city in more than 30 years.
Landrieu, the state's lieutenant governor, captured 66 percent of the nearly 89,000 votes cast.
His closest competitor, a black businessman and fellow Democrat Troy Henry, won 14 percent.
Landrieu takes office in May, replacing the term-limited Ray Nagin.
The city's last white mayor was Landrieu's father, Maurice "Moon" Landrieu, who left office in 1978.
He is remembered fondly for desegregating the city, appointing African-Americans to positions of city leadership and opening up public facilities to blacks.
About two-thirds of New Orleans is black.
Landrieu's sister, Democrat Mary Landrieu, is a U.S. senator for the state.
In addition to Landrieu and Henry, nine other people were on the ballot.
The 49-year-old Landrieu lost two previous mayoral bids: in 1994 and 2006. But this time, CNN affiliate WWL-TV's election analysts projected Landrieu the winner 35 minutes after the polls closed.
The concessions started to pour in soon afterward.
Candidate Rob Couhig, a Republican, conceded the race via Twitter shortly after 9 p.m.
Another candidate, Democrat John Georges, gave his concession speech less than an hour after the polls closed, the affiliate reported.
The election came as the city geared up to cheer the hometown Saints in Sunday's Super Bowl in Miami, Florida, against the Indianapolis Colts.