Bottoms edges out Norwood in Atlanta mayor’s race

[private]Keisha Lance Bottoms appeared to be the winner over Mary Norwood in the runoff to decide who succeeds termed-out Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

With all 172 precincts reporting, Bottoms had an unverified lead of 759 votes over Norwood, 46,464 to 45,705.

If that count holds up, Bottoms will be the new mayor and Norwood will have lost her second squeaker in running for mayor. Reed defeated Norwood by a 714-vote margin in 2009.

What is normally a non-partisan race turned into a Democrat-Republican slugfest.

Bottoms, with a boost from TV spots aired by the Democratic Party of Georgia, attacked Norwood throughout the runoff campaign as the “Republican” in the race. She also had the outspoken support of Reed.

Norwood calls herself a “progressive independent,” but never could quite get rid of the party label that Bottoms tried to paste on her.

Had Norwood won, she would have been Atlanta’s first white mayor in 44 years.

© 2017 by The Georgia Report

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