Keisha Lance Bottoms wins Atlanta Mayoral race

Keisha Lance Bottoms wins Atlanta Mayoral race

Atlanta mayoral hopeful Mary Norwood had seen this movie before: A nail-biting runoff election where she came up short by just a few hundred votes.

"I am just in awe of what God is able to do", Bottoms said to a crowd of her supporters on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

A victory for Bottoms, 47, would continue a run of African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s.

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"We knew it would be close", Bottoms told Good Day Atlanta's Buck Lanford. She noted that absentee ballots from military members had yet to be included in the final count. Norwood calls herself an independent and Bottoms is Reed's chosen successor. After that, Norwood can formally request a recount, which would probably happen by Tuesday.

Political analysts have said African-American voters will ultimately determine the outcome, but numerous city's most formidable challenges transcend race.

Jeffrey Brower, 45, a white man who lives in the East Atlanta neighborhood, said he voted for Norwood, but that his vote was more a vote against Bottoms and Reed. Among them: Transportation, public safety and affordable housing. In 2009, Atlantans cast more than 83,000 ballots in the runoff.

Bottoms will be the second Black woman to lead the city of Atlanta as mayor following Shirley Franklin, who served from 2002 to 2010.

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