Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Atlanta mayor's race too close to call

Atlanta mayor's race too close to call

Atlanta residents are heading to the polls in what could be a historic mayoral election.

Bottoms leads Norwood by a margin of less than 1 percent, which is the threshold where the second-place finisher can request a recount under state law.

Bottoms spoke early Wednesday at an Atlanta hotel, saying near the end of her speech that "I am just in awe of what God is able to do".

- Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms stopped by Good Day Atlanta Wednesday morning after declaring herself the victor of the runoff. "And what we said from day one is that this is about what we hope this city can be for our children's children", she added.

"Atlanta is one city, and it's just about moving forward and making sure we're all working in the same direction", said Bottoms.

"We can not call this yet", Norwood told supporters at Park Tavern in Midtown, indicating that absentee and provisional ballots were yet to be counted.


The race was extremely close, with Lance Bottoms securing just 759 more votes than Mary Norwood, who has asked for a recount. She ultimately lost that race by 714 votes.

From the beginning, Keisha Lance Bottoms made her political allegiance plain and clear: She was a Democrat whose beliefs aligned with those of a growing city known as something of a Southern bastion for liberal politics.

This week, many celebrities took to social media to encourage Atlanta to support the Democratic candidate.

Voters Tuesday were deciding between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.

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