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06 December 2017, 07:08 | Erica Roy
The margin was razor-thin, with just a few hundred votes separating Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.
In 2009, "current Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed defeated Norwood by a similarly narrow margin", Ezra Morris of member station GPB reports. She is also waiting to see what happens to votes from parts of DeKalb County.
From the beginning, Keisha Lance Bottoms made her political allegiance plain and clear: She was a Democrat whose beliefs aligned with those of a growing city known as something of a Southern bastion for liberal politics. Watch that video in the Facebook post below.
"We're behind the times in terms of having a modern transportation system compared to what you see in NY or Washington", said Kendra A. King Momon, professor of politics at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. After losing that election, old recordings surfaced of Norwood speaking negatively about black voters.
Norwood told reporters she meant to seek a recount.
Because neither of them had the majority of the vote, under Atlanta's rules, the top two candidates then entered a runoff election, running a much tighter and more heated race than the general election, which saw a candidate field of 11 candidates. She identifies as an independent.
In a last-minute boost to Norwood - and one with significant cachet - former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin endorsed the independent candidate over Bottoms. Bernie Sanders of Vermont - had kind words to say about her after the general election.
Bottoms counts the backing of major Georgia Democrats like former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a civil rights icon and former United Nations ambassador.
Meanwhile, Bottoms, 47, celebrated a victory alongside outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed - who backed her run - as she spoke to supporters.
Bottoms likewise had the backing of major Atlanta hip-hop figures, like Killer Mike and T.I., who compared Norwood to President Donald Trump.
A win for 65-year-old Norwood would give Atlanta its first-ever white female mayor and end the Democratic Party's hold on the office since 1879.
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