New Orleans Mayor Landrieu avoids re-election runoff

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won enough votes on Saturday to avoid a runoff in his re-election bid, the Times-Picayune newspaper and other local media projected.

Landrieu had 65 percent of the vote against two challengers with 50 percent of precincts reporting, according to preliminary results from the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State. He needs over 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff election.