Bottoms, Norwood in Atlanta mayoral runoff

[private]Two Atlanta City Councilwomen, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood, outlasted a field of 10 other candidates to make it into a Dec. 5 runoff for mayor.

Bottoms, the choice of outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed, finished with 27 percent of the vote on Tuesday while Norwood, who’s essentially been running for this office for the past 16 years, received 21 percent.

Cathy Woolard, Peter Aman, Vincent Fort, and City Council President Ceasar Mitchell all pulled at least 10 percent support but could not edge into the runoff.

Norwood, a white candidate from Atlanta’s Northside, was the leader in most of the pre-election polling but saw that lead gradually slip as Bottoms, an African-American, consolidated the votes of Black women.

Norwood says she is an independent, but Bottoms and the Georgia Democratic Party hammered away at her as an actual Republican candidate.

If Norwood should win the runoff, she would be Atlanta’s first white mayor since Sam Massell, who was elected in 1969 and lost to Maynard Jackson in 1973.

If Bottoms wins that runoff, she will be the latest candidate to be elected by the “machine” that first elected Jackson in the 1973 race.

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