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Bottoms stops by FOX 5, talks about victory in Atlanta mayor's race

Bottoms stops by FOX 5, talks about victory in Atlanta mayor's race

Votes rolled in late Tuesday evening, offering a nail-biting finish for the contentious race to lead one of the largest cities in the deep south - and one that echoed Atlanta's 2009 mayoral contest, when Norwood narrowly lost to Reed and requested a recount, which certified the slim loss. "And what we said from day one is that this is about what we hope this city can be for our children's children", she added.

Results from Atlanta's mayoral race will be recounted on Saturday after voters delivered a almost split decision Tuesday night.

Both women are Atlanta city council members.

The razor-thin margin in the runoff to become Atlanta's mayor must feel like deja vu for Mary Norwood.

"It's not over yet", Norwood said. After losing that election, old recordings surfaced of Norwood speaking negatively about black voters.

"I am just in awe of what God is able to do", Bottoms said.

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"You are right. It's not over yet", she said. In a city that's had black mayors since 1974, Norwood has had to defend herself.

Bottoms, meanwhile, sought to cast Norwood as a Republican hiding behind the guise of her independent status. Shirley Franklin, Atlanta's first black female mayor, addressed the issue directly in an ad for Norwood.

"Bottoms, who is black and the chosen successor of Reed, is widely seen as a continuation of the black political machine that has dominated Atlanta politics since the mid-1970s". But Georgia Democrats, who supported Bottoms, accused Norwood of being a closet conservative.

A half-century after white flight led to sprawl that fueled legendary traffic jams, Atlanta is booming economically and growing at a breakneck pace, with townhouses and apartments going up in vacant lots all over town.

Bottoms likewise had the backing of major Atlanta hip-hop figures, like Killer Mike and T.I., who compared Norwood to President Donald Trump. Her victory also would continue the Democratic Party's hold on an office it has held without interruption since 1879.