Jackie Clarkson is holding onto her lead over former Civil District Court judge Nadine Ramsey with 22 of 65 precincts reporting.
Clarkson, who has spent 15 of the last 23 years on the council, has 48 percent of the vote compared to Ramsey, with 40 percent of the vote.
Clarkson 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 Landrieu and outgoing District C Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer.
Ramsey hit Clarkson hard toward the end of the campaign on hot-button issues including the service cutbacks and rate hikes for the Canal Street/Algiers ferry and the city’s continuing struggles with crime. She claimed to run a more grassroots campaign than Clarkson, picking up many small donors and getting 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 holding a slight lead.