BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Last night marked another victory and another term for Mayor-President Kip Holden. With 60% of the popular vote many weren't surprised.
"I really thought it was going to be a run-off, but when I saw the numbers coming in I was a little nervous because I did support Kip Holden, I voted for him as well. However once I continued to watch the numbers through the election I knew he was going to win," Caroline Hill, a Holden supporter, explained.
"I was not surprised at all. I kind of knew that Kip was going to win, he's a household name, so I was not surprised," Johmel Jolla, another Holden supporter, said.
Jolla also owns a barber shop in the 70805, the zip code under the microscope this election for its record breaking crime numbers. He said the talk around the shop today centered around the election. As a small business owner and resident of one of the most violent zip codes in the city he said he's been encouraged by the work he's seen Holden do.
"With the BRAVE team being present as much as they are, the crime rate is going down. And I can see it personally just me being here in the area, it is going down," Jolla said.
While crime continued to be the biggest sticking point in this election, there were many who continue to be worried about the next four years after seeing last night’s results.
“Well I voted for Walker, Mike Walker. I was not satisfied with the crime rate in Baton Rouge. The crime rate in Baton Rouge is ridiculous," Melvin Simpson, a Walker Supporter, said.
Holden will serve another four years as the Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge parish.