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Keisha Lance Bottoms Claims Victory As Atlanta Mayor, Norwood Demands A Recount

06 December 2017, 07:07 | Opal Carroll

Associated Press

Associated Press

"Bottoms, who is black and the chosen successor of Reed, is widely seen as a continuation of the black political machine that has dominated Atlanta politics since the mid-1970s".

Norwood, 65, told supporters that the difference in the number of votes between the two candidates was within 1 percent, small enough to ask for a recount.

- Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms stopped by Good Day Atlanta Wednesday morning after declaring herself the victor of the runoff.

When calling for a vote recount, Norwood cited an unofficial count and said that she was waiting for the vote count to be updated later in the week.

But as Stephannie Stokes reports from member station WABE in Atlanta, the crowd at Norwood's election party was energized too. Norwood, who is white, would be Atlanta's first white female mayor.

Bottoms and Norwood had around 26 percent and 21 percent, respectively, in the vote in the general election on November 6. His tenure as mayor became one of the major factors in the race.

Just 759 votes separated the candidates early Wednesday morning, Norwood told supporters.

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Reed, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has denied he is personally involved in the probe and said he would cooperate with any requests from the Justice Department. "It's a lot harder to drive a van with six felons, you know guys who are going to commit felonies by voting illegally if somebody's watching", she said.

Bottoms, meanwhile, sought to cast Norwood as a Republican hiding behind the guise of her independent status.

While the race may be far from over for Norwood, Bottoms holding the title as the second Black woman mayor of Atlanta is very much a reality for her.

Norwood also got endorsements from several of her former competitors, and state senator Vincent Fort - the unsuccessful candidate backed by independent Sen.

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

Yesterday, we reported that the mayoral election in Atlanta, Georgia was going to be nothing short of a showdown.



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