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Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Tight Mayoral Vote In Atlanta Leaves Both Candidates Uncertain

Tight Mayoral Vote In Atlanta Leaves Both Candidates Uncertain

Norwood, a longtime Buckhead resident, lost the 2009 election to current Mayor Kasim Reed by 714 votes, an experience she alluded to in a statement to supporters late December 5 when she called for a recount.

Unofficial results from the race show that Bottoms beat Norwood by 759 votes, but Norwood says she's waiting for absentee and provisional ballots to be tabulated on Thursday.

Atlanta is set Tuesday to conclude its mayoral election, putting an end to a contentious race to lead one of the largest cities in the deep south.

Keisha Lance Bottoms also went in depth with CBS46's Adam Harding, who spoke with her during a Facebook Live video recorded in our newsroom.

On Dec. 5, Bottoms defeated Mary Norwood in a close runoff election that had the intensity and drama of a championship game. Results could be certified as soon as Saturday. Barron tells The Associated Press the recount itself could take about three hours to complete. Norwood lost to Kasim Reed by 714 votes. Norwood requested a recount, which ultimately produced only one additional vote.

Norwood told reporters she meant to seek a recount.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Bottoms addressed her supporters claiming victory. But we should allow Bottoms to begin her term with a clean slate, and prove to her constituents, why she deserved to win the race.

Nothing says a new mayor is coming more clearly than a new city hall office marked "Mayor Elect Transition Team".

The candidate now trailing, if elected, would be the first white mayor of Atlanta in decades.

The contest between Bottoms, who is black, and Norwood, who is white, was seen as a test of the staying power of a long-dominant black political machine amid profound demographic and economic changes.

That dynamic is now threatened by an influx of newcomers, said Andrew Young, who served as mayor from 1982 to 1990 and endorsed Bottoms in the runoff.

"It impacts quality of life because most of us don't know what we're going to run into when we head into the city", she said of Atlanta's notorious traffic jams.

"Kasim seemed to be more about what's best for Kasim than what's best for the city", Brower said. With most of the Eastside of Atlanta experiencing gentrification, areas that were once majority Black are now majority White.

Regardless of who wins Tuesday's runoff, Atlanta will have its first female mayor since 2010, when former mayor Franklin left office.

And Bottoms got herself a last-minute boost as well.

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