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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

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 honoured to be your 60th mayor".

Mary Norwood has demanded a recount in the Atlanta mayoral runoff election, but Keisha Lance Bottoms - leading with just 759 votes - has declared victory. It was a slim victory for Reed, one that was confirmed by a recount requested by Norwood.

"We knew it would be close", Bottoms told Good Day Atlanta's Buck Lanford.

Bottoms and Norwood had around 26 percent and 21 percent, respectively, in the vote in the general election on November 6.

"This has been a very, very, very long campaign, but as we look ahead toward the future, I look forward to engaging with each of you, making sure that our city continues to move forward", Bottoms said during speech Tuesday night.

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Political analysts have said African-American voters will ultimately determine the outcome, but numerous city's most formidable challenges transcend race. Among them: Transportation, public safety and affordable housing. "That's a huge issue that we have to address".

"Just listening to Keisha and comparing what she said to the words of Ms. Norwood, I felt like (Bottoms) shared my values more", said Barbara McFarlin, a 50-year-old black woman in the southwest Atlanta district Bottoms has represented on the city council. "She's approachable. She has been here".

The vote split the city almost in half, with the northern part voting for Norwood and the southern part voting for Bottoms.

Bottoms will be the second Black woman to lead the city of Atlanta as mayor following Shirley Franklin, who served from 2002 to 2010. Bottoms is too close to Reed and would be like an extension of the current administration, he said.


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