Sunday, 23 September, 2018

As Keisha Bottoms declares victory as Atlanta's new mayor, Norwood requests recount

Associated Press Associated Press
Kenny Thornton | 06 December, 2017, 19:06

The race was close, and only minutes into Wednesday morning, at the same time Bottoms was celebrating her win, Norwood was calling for a closer look at the results.

Mayoral candidates Mary Norwood, left, and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Democratic candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms emerged victorious on December 5, following a tense mayoral race that ended with a difference of just over 700 votes, according to the latest election results reported by the Associated Press.

Atlanta residents are heading to the polls in what could be a historic mayoral election.

The margin was razor-thin, with just a few hundred votes separating Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.

Georgia utilizes a majority rule with a runoff voting system, which means that if no candidate secures more than 50% of the vote in the general election, a final race between the top two candidates decides the victor. Bernie Sanders of Vermont - had kind words to say about her after the general election. After losing that election, old recordings surfaced of Norwood speaking negatively about black voters. In a city that's had black mayors since 1974, Norwood has had to defend herself. She identifies as an independent.

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He said there was no doubt that the Labor MPs had dual citizenship at the time of the 2016 election. These MPs had not provided the needed evidence to prove they weren't dual citizens, he said.

Norwood also faced questions about her party loyalty. Norwood, who is white, would be Atlanta's first white female mayor. But Georgia Democrats, who supported Bottoms, accused Norwood of being a closet conservative.

A Norwood victory would mean Atlanta - a gentrifying city where the African American share of the population remains a majority but has gone down over the years - would have its first white mayor in more than 40 years.

Bottoms likewise had the backing of major Atlanta hip-hop figures, like Killer Mike and T.I., who compared Norwood to President Donald Trump.

"Although race has had an inescapable presence in the hard-fought election, issues such as bureaucratic corruption, affordable housing, and transportation played a prominent role in the discourse of the campaign".

"Bottoms, a Democrat, would continue the party's lock on the mayor's office going back to 1879".

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