Gentilly voters choose Clinton over Trump by 10-1 ratio
Echoing citywide if not national results, voters in Gentilly chose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over President-elect Donald Trump by 10-1 ratios, according to results.
In the nearly 40 precincts between the interstate and the lake, 10,345 voters cast their ballots for Clinton compared to 1,083 for Trump — giving Clinton 87 percent of the total vote cast and Trump 9 percent. The Democrats’ strong showing left little room for third parties either, with Libertarian former Gov. Gary Johnson coming in third with 222 votes or 1.9 percent, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein in fourth with 171 or 1.4 percent.
Only two precincts were even competitive, the pair in Lake Terrace, where Clinton still bested Trump 48 percent to 43 percent. By contrast, Clinton ran up her tally with more than 90 percent of the vote in nearly half the Gentilly precincts.
Gentilly voters took advantage of the polls’ later hours Tuesday, with many filing into the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary around 5 p.m.
For some voters, choosing the Democratic candidate is routine. Henry McCathen, 89, has voted Democrat in every single presidential election since Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected.
His reasoning for staying blue?
“They take care of the poor people – they look after the people who really need it,” McCathen said.
Other Gentilly voters veered away from the Democratic nominee in lieu of the race’s “outsider.”. Craig Price, who returned from Canada just in time to vote, said he voted for Trump because he’s most concerned about the economy, though he didn’t think either major candidate was likable.
“I think (Trump) is the best bet to get our economy back in line,” Price said.
Patrick Martin, who cast his vote just before dusk, said he voted for the presidential candidate most likely to make positive changes.
“Clinton is the most qualified candidate who has ever run for president,” he said.
Martin said Clinton’s email debacle isn’t a representation of her policy or decisions, and added that no candidate “is perfect.”
But if Trump wins, Martin said it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
“We’ll all be fine,” he said. “The stars aren’t going to fall.”
Journalist Claire Byun contributed reporting from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.