Bottoms declares victory in close Atlanta mayoral race, recount expected

By Sara Shayanian  |  Updated Dec. 6, 2017 at 9:03 PM
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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The race for Atlanta mayor went down to the wire Tuesday and Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms came out on top by a mere 759 votes.

But Bottoms' opponent, Mary Norwood, also a Democrat, asked for a recount due to the slim margin.

In the meantime, Bottoms is Atlanta's mayor-elect and she addressed her victory rally by saying her campaign showed "that dreams do come true."

"For those that did not support me, I look forward to working with you as well because this is still a city for all of us," she said.

Democratic Party of Georgia chief Dubose Porter told the crowd Bottoms was "beyond being the most qualified person in the race."

"She understands Atlanta because she is Atlanta. Atlanta is a Democratic city and Keisha Lance Bottoms is a fine Democrat," Porter said. "Which is more than I can say about her opponent."

Norwood canceled all appearances Wednesday to wait for a recount.

"We just don't know," she said. "This is very close. It is not over yet."

"I've done this before. The next few days are going to be all-hands-on-deck, and all analysis will be done. We are two days away from knowing."

Norwood is awaiting counts of military and provisional ballots, which won't be counted until Thursday.

Tuesday's runoff was triggered by the Nov. 7 general election, in which Norwood finished second with 22 percent of the vote to Bottoms' 27 percent.

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