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October 20, 1985

New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest Morial, was precluded from seeking a third term in 1986 as the voters rejected a city charter change that would have allowed it. With all 465 precincts reporting, unofficial returns showed the proposed charter change died by a vote of 88,331 to 56,999. Morial, who campaigned vigorously for the right to run again, conceded the contest and congratulated the three announced candidates for mayor.

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