With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Bottoms leads by just 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.
"This is about Atlanta. We stand here today believing all things are possible." Keisha Lance Bottoms says as she claims victory at her watch party. Norwood has called for a recount.#ATLMayor#ElectionOn2
Outside City Hall, more endorsements came in for Bottoms. Prominent attorneys and progressives stood with her.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Ms. Bottoms will surround herself with a team of compassionate and thoughtful people with the political savvy to make this city better,” said assistant professor Maurice Hobson.
But across town, a civil rights activist said he’s endorsing Mary Norwood.
“Dr. King said it best: 'People want to be judged based on their character, not the color of their skin.' That works not just for white people but for African-Americans,” said the Rev. Markel Hutchins.
Hutchins said he supports Norwood because of her decades of public service.