Norwood maintains polling lead in Atlanta mayor’s race

[private]Mary Norwood maintained her lead in the latest poll of the Atlanta mayor’s race, but she was well below the level needed to avoid a runoff election.

In the poll conducted by SurveyUSA for WXIA-TV, Norwood had 27 percent support while six candidates were clustered in a group that trailed her by at least 17 percentage points:

City Council President Ceasar Mitchell (10 percent), City Council member Keisha Lance Bottoms (9 percent), City Councilman Kwanza Hall (9 percent), state Sen. Vincent Fort (8 percent), Peter Aman (6 percent), and Cathy Woolard (6 percent).

Norwood finds herself in essentially the same position she was in during the 2009 mayor’s race.

She had 46 percent of the vote and 10-point lead over Kasim Reed in the first round of voting, but was forced into a runoff that she lost by about 700 votes.

SurveyUSA said that among white voters, Norwood had 39 percent of the vote to 13 percent for Woolard. Among black voters, who are the majority, Norwood has 19 percent to 15 percent for Mitchell and 14 percent for Bottoms.

The mayor’s race is non-partisan, but SurveyUSA said Norwood had 52 percent support among those who identify as Republican. For those who identify as a Democrat, Norwood leads Mitchell by 9 points. Among independents, Norwood was 15 points ahead of Bottoms, the polling firm said.

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