The vote is finally in! Keisha Lance Bottoms has 759 more votes than opponent Mary Norwood with all precincts reporting. Two hard-fought campaigns came down to the wire Tuesday night. However, this election is far from over. Although Councilwoman Bottoms closed out her victory speech proclaiming herself Atlanta’s next Mayor, her opponent announced she wanted a recount.
"Bottoms leads Norwood by a margin of less than 1 percent, which is the threshold where the second-place finisher can request a recount under state law. Norwood told reporters she intended to seek a recount." https://t.co/3GhSbZOd0M #VoteATL
— Civic Innovation (@civicatlanta) December 6, 2017
Considering her allegations about voting improprieties in the 2009 race against outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed, it is not surprising Councilwoman Norwood has requested a recount. In 2009, Mayor Reed was declared the winner with a margin of just 620 votes. Carrying the Northside of Atlanta as expected, Councilwoman Norwood is not likely to go down quietly. While some were quick to declare a Bottoms victory, we will have to see how this unfolds.
In addition to the Mayoral Runoff, several other seats were voted on tonight including Atlanta City Council President. Councilwoman Felicia Moore emerged victorious against her colleague Alex Wan. Newly elected Representative Bee Nguyen is the first Vietnamese-American to serve in the Georgia General Assembly.
— Erick Allen (@erickallen) December 6, 2017
The State Senate added two new members to its ranks Jen Jordan in the 6th District and Nikema Williams in the 39th District. Nikema will replace former State Senator Vincent Fort. Full results for all of the December 5th elections can be found here.