Recount looms after nail biting finish in Atlanta mayoral race

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday Dec. 6 2017 in Atlanta. Atlanta's two-person mayoral runoff election is too close to call. Bottoms leads Mary Norwood by a margin of les

Despite the close contest, candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms claimed victory in the mayoral campaign and her opponent, Mary Norwood, said she wants the ballots recounted. Norwood lost to Kasim Reed by 714 votes.

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".

An analysis of the voting patterns within the city shows a north-to-south divide between voting blocs, with most voters for Bottoms coming in the south and southwestern portions of the city, while voters in the north and northeastern parts of Atlanta tended to be more likely to vote for Norwood. Norwood says she's waiting until absentee ballots from members of the military and provisional ballots are counted.

"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.

Still, numerous city's most formidable challenges transcend race.

Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood steps off the stage after telling supporters she'll seek a recount in the tight race at an election night party in Atlanta Tuesday Dec. 5 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlant

"It impacts quality of life because most of us don't know what we're going to run into when we head into the city", she said of Atlanta's notorious traffic jams.

In that runoff, Atlantans cast more than 83,000 ballots in the runoff election.

James Parson, a 49-year-old black man who also lives in Bottoms' district, said he appreciates how Norwood has made herself available to constituents all over the city as an at-large council member.

Atlanta's last white mayor, Sam Massell, left office in 1974 and was succeeded by five African-American mayors in the next four decades: Jackson, Andrew Young, Bill Campbell, Shirley Franklin and Reed.




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