NEW POLL: Norwood leads Bottoms; Pollster says debate could decide election

By: Dave Huddleston

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ATLANTA - We’re just a few days away from Election Day, and the race to become the next mayor of Atlanta is heating up.

The newest WSB-TV, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Landmark Communications poll was released Friday and it shows Mary Norwood with a 6-point lead, and less than 4 percent of voters undecided.

"This has been a great week for the campaign," Norwood told Channel 2 Action News on Friday.

"It's been a very tough week," Bottoms said.

Pollster Mark Rountree said the race could come down to the final debate, Sunday on Channel 2.


Join Channel 2 Action News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB Radio this Sunday at 5 p.m. for a LIVE debate between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.

Channel 2’s Justin Farmer will serve as the moderator. He and the panel will question the candidates about the most important issues to Atlanta voters.

WATCH the debate LIVE on Channel 2, WSBTV.com or on the official WSB-TV Facebook page, Sunday at 5 p.m.


"Mary Norwood has had a very good week," Rountree said.

Rountree believes former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin's endorsement helped Norwood's campaign.

According to Rountree, even though the local Democratic party is rallying around Bottoms, voters aren't so sure.

The poll shows Bottoms getting 54 percent of that vote, and Norwood is getting 42 percent. 

"Some Democrats have, the party itself maybe has but I think voters may be less party-centric than the parties think they are sometimes," Rountree said.

In the general election on Nov. 7, Bottoms finished ahead of Norwood by five points. Bottoms had 26 percent of the vote and Norwood had 21 percent.

But remember, there were 10 other candidates in the race.

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