ATLANTA - Mary Norwood says she's asking for a recount as Keisha Lance Bottoms declares a victory in the Atlanta Mayor's Race.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Bottoms leads by 759 votes. Bottoms, introduced by Mayor Kasim Reed as the 60th mayor of Atlanta, declared victory as she spoke to her supporters, but Norwood said the race isn't over yet. (Watch their full speeches below)
“I am just in awe of what God is able to do," Bottoms told a crowd of cheering supporters. “I’m so honored to be your 60th mayor."
At the same time Bottoms declared victory, Norwood took the podium at her own rally and said that absentee ballots from military members were yet to figure in the totals, and that she believes that some ballots have yet to be tabulated.
“We will be asking for a recount,” Norwood said. "It's not over yet."
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AP declares Atlanta Mayor's Race too close to call.
Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory: "I am honored to be your next Mayor of Atlanta"
BREAKING: Mary Norwood says she's asking for a recount as Keisha Lance Bottoms declares win in Atlanta Mayor's Race. Watch Mary Norwood's full speech below:
The Norwood campaign has questions over some Dekalb precincts.— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Mary Norwood promises to fight on through a recount. The counting of provisional ballots should happen Thursday.— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Mary Norwood says still awaiting absentee ballots and getting number of provisional ballots.— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Results say 100 percent of precincts reporting, but race is still too close to call.
The final votes in Dekalb Co being counted and I bet double and triple checked. This is TIGHT. And, we wait. #ATLMayor— Justin Farmer (@JustinFarmerWSB) December 6, 2017
Anticipation and excitement rising at both candidate's events with 97 percent of the precincts reporting.
Mary Norwood's supporters just erupted in cheers when she pulled closer to Keisha Lance-Bottoms. Lance-Bottoms leads by less than 1000 votes. pic.twitter.com/vsxMsdmBgR— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
The race is tightening. Bottoms and Norwood are now within hundreds of votes of each other.
JUST IN: The Mayor's election is still too close to call. 100% of Fulton County numbers are in. Waiting on the rest of DeKalb numbers. pic.twitter.com/aHvxegF9Wn— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) December 6, 2017
Only 58 percent of the vote is reporting in DeKalb right now. 100 percent reporting in Fulton.
The real battle appears to be in Old Fourth Ward and the east side of Atlanta (East Atlanta, Kirkwood).— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Crowd waiting for Keisha Lance Bottoms to speak to supporters.
Here's a breakdown of some of the vote:
In SE Atl: Grant Park, Ormewood Park, Benteen seems to be going for Norwood, while parts of East Atlanta south of Glenwood are going for Lance-Bottoms.— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Lance-Bottoms seems to be doing well in Old Fourth Ward. Its city council member, Kwanza Hall, a former mayoral candidate, endorsed her as mayor after the general election.— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Channel 2's Dave Huddleston reports lots of excitement at Bottoms' event as she takes the lead.
Keisha Lance Bottoms takes the lead with 89 percent of precincts reporting.
Crowd growing as more supporters file into Keisha Lance Bottoms event.
Channel 2's Dave Huddleston and Richard Elliot will have live coverage from both candidate's events on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.
More results coming in. Norwood's lead increases slightly with 13 percent of precincts reporting.
With 13% reporting, Norwood is now leading 52%-48%. pic.twitter.com/kX2TWH1vWU— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Former mayoral candidate Peter Amanis speaking to the crowd and Mary Norwood's event.
Former mayoral candidate Peter Aman is speaking to the crowd, says Norwood is watching the results come in, but it's too soon for her to come up and address the crowd. pic.twitter.com/oOGO3uPRae— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Crowd growing at Mary Norwood's event as more results come in.
There's a huge crowd here for Mary Norwood's watch party. pic.twitter.com/XGHhE9Q1om— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
More results coming in, splitting similarly to the Nov. 7 election.
Looking at the precincts, Atlanta seems to be splitting much the way it did during the general election: south for Lance-Bottoms, north for Norwood. East Atlanta could become the deciding area. Less than10% reporting.— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
With six percent of precincts reporting, Mary Norwood is leading with 51 percent of the vote.
We're finally getting some Fulton County results. Norwood maintains a narrow lead. pic.twitter.com/MrnkPI0qLB— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Mayor Kasim Reed, at Keisha Lance Bottoms event, says he's optimistic about the night, comparing it to his run in 2009.
Mayor Kasim Reed and former Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff have arrived at Bottoms headquarters. Ossoff is speaking to the crowd.
More results have come in for the Atlanta Mayor's Race. Just 1 percent of precincts are reporting.
Mary Norwood says she's cautiously optimistic, but knows there's a long night ahead.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we've got a long night ahead of us." -Mary Norwood. She remains cautiously optimistic. pic.twitter.com/a0rKRP4wl1— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Keisha Lance Bottoms campaign manager addressed the crowd of supporters as they await results.
Mary Norwood addresses her supporters, saying it's going to be a long night as they await results.
Mary Norwood just arrived and spoke with us. She remains cautiously optimistic about tonight's outcome. pic.twitter.com/mbVSCZLt0A— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
We're LIVE at both candidates' headquarters as they await results. Stay with WSBTV.com and watch Channel 2 Action News for updates throughout the night.
The first results are in for Atlanta Mayor.
People awaiting results at Keisha Lance Bottoms' headquarters.
Keisha Lance Bottoms is done campaigning for the night and now will await results at her headquarters.
Ending the night at the polling place in my old middle school is priceless. Thank you Atlanta! 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/DNoWaTNJDY— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) December 6, 2017
All polls have closed across north Georgia. Get LIVE election results on WSBTV.com throughout the night.
The polls are officially closed around the city. Stay tuned throughout the night to find out who will be the next mayor of Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/CUobyNom9m— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 6, 2017
Polls have closed across most of north Georgia. Polls in Fulton County and Atlanta will stay open until 8 p.m.
Mary Norwood continues campaigning around the city with just over an hour until polls close.
Our Election Day diaries continue. 25 stops. This time I was joined @ceasarformayor. Our day reflected the theme of this campaign: #UniteAtlanta. Please vote by 8pm tonight. pic.twitter.com/ek1lod7p3J— Mary Norwood (@marynorwood) December 5, 2017
Keisha Lance Bottoms makes final push for voters to get to the polls before they close.
Channel 2's Dave Huddleston is with Keisha Lance Bottoms as she makes another campaign stop. He will be with her all night as results come in. Follow him on Twitter for LIVE updates.
Channel 2's Richard Elliot is at Mary Norwood's headquarters. He will be there throughout the night as results come in. Follow him on Twitter for LIVE updates.
I'm with the Mary Norwood campaign tonight as staff and supporters get ready to watch the results. At 5, hear what Norwood had to say after she voted today. pic.twitter.com/Dmf60kBjyX— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 5, 2017
Both Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood cast their votes at their polling places, before heading out to campaign for the rest of the afternoon.
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