Atlanta mayoral candidate demands recount after close loss

Atlanta mayoral candidate demands recount after close loss

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

Bottoms declared victory just minutes into early Wednesday morning, going on stage at her campaign party at the same time as her opponent, Mary Norwood, spoke to her supporters.

"After I sleep, we'll start refocusing on the transition", she said.

Bottoms led the race by a margin of less than 1 percent, which is the threshold where the second-place finisher can request a recount under state law, according to official reports.

"We can not call this yet", Norwood told supporters at Park Tavern in Midtown, indicating that absentee and provisional ballots were yet to be counted.

As expected, the race came down to the wire as Bottoms went head to head at the polls against 65-year-old Mary Norwood, who ran as an Independent and would have been the city's first White, female mayor had she won instead.

Unofficial returns showed that Bottoms garnered 759 more votes than Norwood in the runoff election on Tuesday - a virtual repeat of the 2009 race when Mayor Kasim Reed defeated Norwood by 714 votes. Some people say that may have harmed her chances in this current election.

This week, many celebrities took to social media to encourage Atlanta to support the Democratic candidate.

Keisha Lance Bottoms is a proud graduate of FAMU and a woman of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. "And across this city, we got Black Girl Magic, we got Black Boy Magic, we got White Girl Magic, we got White Boy Magic, we have Brown Girl Magic, Brown boy Magic and everything in between".

Yes it is. Congratulations again to Keisha Bottoms!