First woman elected mayor of New Orleans in nearly 300 years

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - City Council member Latoya Cantrell is declaring victory as the first woman elected mayor of New Orleans in the city's history.

Cantrell opened a wide lead over former municipal Judge Desiree Charbonnet and maintained that lead as votes were counted into Saturday night.

Both candidates were Democrats. Cantrell will succeed term-limited incumbent Democrat Mitch Landrieu next year.

Cantrell referenced the city's upcoming 300th anniversary celebration next year in her victory speech, saying "Almost 300 years, friends, and we're still making history."