As Keisha Bottoms declares victory as Atlanta's new mayor, Norwood requests recount

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Candidate Keisha Bottoms, a Democrat, declared herself the victor of the race early Wednesday morning, while her opponent, Mary Norwood, an independent, requested a recount.

The margin is razor-thin, with several hundred votes separating Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. Norwood says she's waiting until absentee ballots from members of the military and provisional ballots are counted.

Both candidates are members of Atlanta's city council.

"It's not over yet", Norwood told supporters, noting that she trailed Bottoms by just 759 votes. 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. Whatever their feelings, a win is a win!

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While the race may be far from over for Norwood, Bottoms holding the title as the second Black woman mayor of Atlanta is very much a reality for her. Her victory also would continue the Democratic Party's hold on an office it has held without interruption since 1879.

Though the race has yet to be officially called, Bottoms spoke early Wednesday at an Atlanta hotel with Reed by her side, telling supporters, "I'm so honored to be your 60th mayor".

"It's not over yet", Norwood said.

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

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"In the eastern part of Atlanta you see a good deal of gentrification going on, and you see a mix of precincts - some for Norwood and some for Bottoms", Boone said. Among them: Transportation, public safety and affordable housing.

"It's not over yet", Norwood said.

Regardless of who wins Tuesday's runoff, Atlanta will have its first female mayor since 2010, when former mayor Franklin left office.

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