Late poll shows Norwood leading Bottoms in mayor’s race

[private]As voters prepare to make the final decision on Tuesday, a late poll of the runoff for mayor of Atlanta shows Mary Norwood with a six-point lead over Keisha Lance Bottoms, 51-45 percent, with less than 4 percent undecided.

The poll, which was conducted by Landmark Communications for WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, highlights the racial polarization of the electorate: 80 percent of white voters support Norwood, 75 percent of black voters are for Bottoms.

In terms of political preference, 78 percent of the poll respondents who self-identified as Republican supported Norwood. Only 54 percent of Democrats supported Bottoms, however, while a surprising 42 percent preferred Norwood.

The party preference numbers show that state Democratic Party attacks on Norwood as the Republican in the race may not have had that much effect.

Male voters preferred Norwood by 55-41 percent while female voters split 48-48 percent between the two.

Norwood and Bottoms, both members of the Atlanta City Council, are seeking to replace outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed, who is supporting Bottoms in the race.

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