Bottoms declares victory in close Atlanta mayoral race, recount expected

GOP candidate in Atlanta mayoral race seeks recount after narrow loss

Bottoms was running on about one hour of sleep when she stopped by FOX 5 Wednesday.

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Bottoms countered by getting endorsements from big-name Democrats who have a national presence such Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.

Bottoms, a Democrat, squared off against Norwood, an independent, in the nonpartisan runoff to succeed Reed, who is term limited from seeking re-election.

Voters were deciding between Mary Norwood, who calls herself an independent, and Keisha Lance Bottoms, the chosen successor of outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed.

Bottoms and Norwood earned about 26% and 21%, respectively, of the vote in the general election on November 6, meaning they emerged as the top two candidates from the field of 11. Even with the backing of Mayor Kasim Reed and being a Black candidate in a majority Black city, Bottoms appeared to have been forced into playing the role of David to Norwood's Goliath.

Keisha Lance Bottoms is the 60th mayor of Atlanta and only the second Black woman to lead the city in this capacity.

While the Bottoms camp has claimed victory in the race, the Associated Press has deemed the race "too close to call", and the Norwood campaign has told supporters she is requesting a recount - much as she did in 2009 when she also came in short. With all precincts reporting, Bottoms lead by just over 700 votes.

The runoff was seen as a test of the staying power of the city's long-dominant black political machine and how it would respond to demographic and economic changes.

Regardless of who wins Tuesday's runoff, Atlanta will have its first female mayor since 2010, when former mayor Franklin left office. His tenure as mayor became one of the major factors in the race.

Acknowledging this history, Norwood said, "I've done this before". Bottoms was the only black woman on the ballot and the top vote-getter in the November 7 general election. He said whether Bottoms is the last black mayor will be up to voters.

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