- Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms stopped by Good Day Atlanta Wednesday morning after declaring herself the victor of the runoff.
Democratic candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms defeated independent Mary Norwood in Atlanta's mayoral election Tuesday night. It was a slim victory for Reed, one that was confirmed by a recount requested by Norwood.
Many feel that the race was as close as it was because of Bottoms' endorsement by the current mayor, Kasim Reed, whose administration has been accused of corruption and bribery investigation and is allegedly being investigated by the Atlanta City Hall, diving the Black vote.
In the sequel, also co-starring Norwood, Keisha Lance Bottoms - a protege of Reed - declared herself the city's new leader early Wednesday and Norwood trailed by just 759, out of 92,169 votes cast.
A victory for Bottoms, 47, would continue a run of African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s.
Political analysts have said African-American voters will ultimately determine the outcome, but numerous city's most formidable challenges transcend race. "That's a huge issue that we have to address".
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"After I sleep, we'll start refocusing on the transition", she said.
"It's not over yet", Norwood said.
Acknowledging this history, Norwood said, "I've done this before". "She's approachable. She has been here".
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.
The vote split the city almost in half, with the northern part voting for Norwood and the southern part voting for Bottoms.