Keisha Lance Bottoms has declared victory in the race for mayor of Atlanta, though her opponent, Mary Norwood, says she’s asking for a recount. With all precincts reporting, Bottoms lead by simply over 700 votes.
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Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Bottoms addressed her supporters claiming victory. Flanked by outgoing mayor Kasim Reed and members of the family, she thanked the individuals who helped push her in direction of her aim.
“We began this marketing campaign greater than 12 months in the past and after speaking to 1000’s of voters throughout this metropolis, you all determined that our marketing campaign was the one which it is best to help,” mentioned Bottoms. “When all odds appeared towards us, you all stood with us. One Atlanta as we stand. United as one Atlanta.”
As for the Norwood marketing campaign, nobody is conceding the race. The previous metropolis council member is demanding a recount and he or she informed supporters she’s ready till absentee ballots from members of the navy and provisional ballots are counted.
Norwood can also be ready to see what occurs to votes from components of DeKalb County.
“As well as, now we have DeKalb County, the place there are two newly annexed areas of DeKalb and I simply was on the telephone with our municipal clerk. She is with Fulton County however we won’t get a solution from DeKalb whether or not or not there have been no votes in these two precincts or whether or not or not there’s some votes there. We simply do not know anymore than what I simply informed you,” mentioned Norwood.
The variety of provisional ballots will likely be accessible later Wednesday. They are going to be counted on Thursday.
Democratic Get together of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter issued this assertion following the declaration of victory:
“Georgia Democrats provide our deepest congratulations to mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms for a very momentous victory. Keisha championed our Democratic values and by no means backed down. With a Mayor Bottoms, we’re assured that Atlanta is in good arms for one other 4 years. From the underside of my coronary heart, I can’t wait to proceed to work with Atlanta’s 60th mayor. Keisha Lance Bottoms.
“Keisha unabashedly spoke out towards bigotry, sexism and discrimination. She stood tall and by no means flinched underneath hearth. Keisha fought for her metropolis and all of its individuals with love, willpower, a spirit of fairness and a proposal of justice. That is the form of management Democrats consider in.
“Let’s rejoice final night time, however get up this morning able to get again to the nice work of electing good Democrats throughout the state. Subsequent yr, now we have scores of races to win from the governor’s mansion right down to the college board. As Democrats, we should proceed to combat for our values and what we consider in. Struggle for Democrats. And count on nothing lower than a very honest and simply Georgia.”
Bottoms and Norwood have been the ultimate two candidates attempting to change into the 60th mayor of the town. Neither candidate secured the greater than 50 % of the vote wanted to win throughout final month’s election.
The most recent polls confirmed Norwood because the front-runner previous to Tuesday, though Bottoms held the sting in the November election, successful 26 % of the vote to Norwood’s 21 %.
Each candidates acquired a number of endorsements. Present mayor Kasim Reed has endorsed Bottoms whereas Norwood has been endorsed by former mayor Shirley Franklin, in addition to a number of others.
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