Carter actually deserved the support of some prominent Republicans, including Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Shengbut he also had endorsements from Richmond himself and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the senior black member of the House. Peterson, for her part, enjoyed it Support from Gary Chambers, a vocal progressive who took a strong third place in the first round of voting in March, and New York MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and she also benefited of $ 1.2 million in drain spending from EMILY’s list.
However, other factors complicate the narrative that Carter’s victory was a victory for the establishment over progressive outsiders. Initially, both Carter and Peterson have held elected office since the 1990s, and Peterson was even chairman of the state’s Democratic Party from 2012 until last year.
In a token of their political longevity, both candidates fought for an earlier version of this seat 15 years ago. Carter took a distant fifth place in the all-party primary, while Peterson lost a runoff against the then representative. Bill Jefferson; Carter would run again two years later, without success.
Stephanie Grace from the New Orleans Advocate also notes that Carter also had the support of very influential liberal politicians in New Orleans, an area that received just over half of the vote in Saturday’s election. Those in Carter’s corner included Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams, a progressive reformer who won his seat last year Beat an opponent supported by Petersonand City Council President Helena Moreno. And during Both candidates supported LGBTQ rightsGrace notes that Carter’s “longstanding advocacy has made him a favorite with much of this community”.
Local political divisions in New Orleans likely played a big role in the bottom line as well. Peterson is a leader in the Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD), a longtime power player in the Crescent City often clashed with Richmond and its allies. Both sides recorded some significant wins and losses in the 2019 general election, and if anything, Saturday’s runoff was a continuation of a long-running battle in which the Richmond-Carter bloc had a decisive edge.
Peterson needed a good performance in the Orleans Ward, which is closely related to the city of New Orleans, to make up for their losses in the rest of the district, but Carter did instead it wore 53-47.