Ch. 2 poll shows strong leader in Atlanta mayor race

by: Dave Huddleston Updated:

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ATLANTA - A poll exclusive for Channel 2 Action News breaks down a packed race for Atlanta's mayor.

But there is a clear top contender.

In an exclusive Channel 2 Action News poll conducted by Landmark/Rosetta Stone, Mary Norwood squashes the competition. We asked 1,200 likely voters: If the election for mayor were held today in the city of Atlanta, for whom would you vote?

Amongst the candidates, Norwood ran away with 28.6 percent of the vote, the only candidate in double digits.


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"I am delighted by the results of this poll,” Norwood said.

"Norwood is almost certain to be in a runoff, and almost certain to be in first place,” said Rosetta Stone Communications President John Garst.

Trailing far behind Norwood, state senator Vincent Fort has 9.3 percent. 

Garst said Fort has a strong showing with younger voters.

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"He sits with 14 percent with younger voters, which is higher than any other candidate other than Norwood,” Garst said.

"I'm the underdog, which is a place I don't mind being,” Fort said.

Right behind Fort, rounding out the top 3, Keisha Lance Bottoms with 8.6 percent.

"Keisha Lance Bottoms is enjoying an endorsement from a popular mayor,” Garst said.

Bottoms said she hopes her hard work resonates with all voters.

“It's not just about talking when the cameras are rolling, it’s what do you do when nobody is watching” Bottoms said.

Ceasar Mitchell, Kwanza Hall, Cathy Woolard are the next tier and Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and

Peter Aman round out the list.

With voters over the age of 65, Norwood still leads but Keisha Lance Bottoms comes in second and Fort is in third place.

If no candidate receives 50 percent plus 1 in the November election, the top two candidates will have a run-off. 

Poll for Atlanta City Council

The poll also asked voters about the race for president of the Atlanta city council.

Felicia Moore received 23.7 percent but C.T. Martin was close behind with 21.8 percent. Alex Wan received 9.5 percent. Forty five percent of people were undecided.