Karen Carter Peterson and Troy Carter battled precinct by precinct in Gentilly
By Sharon Lurye, Gentilly Messenger
There was a precinct-by-precinct battle in Gentilly in the April 24 race between Karen Carter Peterson and Troy Carter to win Cedric Richmond’s former seat in Congress. Carter won the area with just 164 more votes than his opponent, and two precincts even saw exact ties.
Preliminary election data from the Secretary of State shows that Troy Carter got 52% of the vote in Gentilly, winning 22 out of 38 precincts and garnering 2,194 voters on election day.
Carter Peterson won in 14 precincts, with 2,030 votes. Two precincts split exactly 50-50: Precinct 30 in the 9th Ward and Precinct 30 in the 8th Ward.
Although Carter Peterson lost, she proved she could put up a fight. She won only a single precinct in Gentilly in the March 20 primary election, but this time around she picked up 10 precincts that had voted for Gary Chambers in the primary, three that had voted for Troy Carter, and turned two losses into ties.
In comparison, Carter only picked up three precincts from Chambers, who came in third in the March primary.
Still, it was hard for either candidate to stir up voters’ excitement for an off-season special election. Voter turnout in the district, which stretches all the way from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, was only 16.6%. In comparison, it was 18% for the March primary, and 66% for the 2020 presidential election.
See how your precinct voted in the map below.