Monday, 11 December, 2017

Recount looms after nail biting finish in Atlanta mayoral race

Atlanta's mayoral race is coming to a close Keisha Lance Bottoms elected Atlanta's new mayor, touts Black girl magic
Howard Terry | 07 December, 2017, 01:43

Though the race has yet to be officially called, Bottoms spoke early Wednesday at an Atlanta hotel with Reed by her side, telling supporters, "I'm so honoured to be your 60th mayor".

The race was extremely close, with Lance Bottoms securing just 759 more votes than Mary Norwood, who has asked for a recount. Earlier this week, Tyrese shared an Instagram clip urging Atlanta voters to show their support for Bottoms on "the most important day, period" for "culture, diversity, voice, access, equal opportunities, [and] everything pertaining to what we stand for in the city of Atlanta".

Votes rolled in late Tuesday evening, offering a nail-biting finish for the contentious race to lead one of the largest cities in the deep south - and one that echoed Atlanta's 2009 mayoral contest, when Norwood narrowly lost to Reed and requested a recount, which certified the slim loss.

"I am just in awe of what God is able to do", Bottoms said to a crowd of her supporters on Tuesday night. Her victory also would continue the Democratic Party's hold on an office it has held without interruption since 1879. Everyone seems to care about transportation, public safety and affordable housing. Bottoms will replace current mayor Kasim Reed, who has served as the city's mayor since 2010.

"After I sleep, we'll start refocusing on the transition", she said.

The vote split the city almost in half, with the northern part voting for Norwood and the southern part voting for Bottoms.

"It's not over yet", Norwood said.

Atlanta's last white mayor, Sam Massell, left office in 1974 and was succeeded by five African-American mayors in the next four decades: Jackson, Andrew Young, Bill Campbell, Shirley Franklin and Reed.

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