Jackie Clarkson has 49 percent of the vote in the District C race, widening her lead over former Civil District Court judge Nadine Ramsey, at 39 percent, with 30 of 65 precincts reporting.

Clarkson, who has spent 15 of the last 23 years on the council, ran on her experience and painted the last four years as series of success stories that needed to be extended. She enjoyed the backing of much of the current establishment, including Mayor Mitch Landrieu and outgoing District C Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer.

Ramsey ran what she called a grassroots campaign, picking up a greater number of small donors. She enjoyed the support from much of the African-American political establishment, notably U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

Former Orleans Parish School Board member Lourdes Moran has 6 percent of the vote and newcomers Carlos Williams and Eloise Williams each have 3 percent, with Eloise Williams holding a slight lead.

Crime, blight and economic development were the major issues in the district, which crosses the Mississippi River to include Algiers, the French Quarter, Bywater, Marigny and much of Treme.