Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta.
A proud HBCU graduate, 47-year-old Bottoms was met with cheers from her supporters as she took to the podium at her celebration rally to share a few worlds amid news of her victory. "And across this city, we got Black Girl Magic, we got Black Boy Magic, we got White Girl Magic, we got White Boy Magic, we have Brown Girl Magic, Brown boy Magic and everything in between".
Though the race has yet to be called, Bottoms spoke early Wednesday to supporters at an Atlanta hotel, telling them, "I'm so honored to be your 60th mayor". The provisional ballots will reportedly be counted and added to the final vote total on Thursday.
If chosen, Norwood, 65, would be the city's first white mayor since 1974.
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Norwood has requested a recount of the election that grabbed headlines around the country as race became the overarching theme of the contest to helm what is widely considered the cradle of African-American cultural, economic and political power.
Political analysts have said African-American voters will ultimately determine the outcome, but numerous city's most formidable challenges transcend race.
Transportation, public safety and affordable housing are among the most pressing challenges facing the city's new mayor.
"You are right. It's not over yet", she said.
"It impacts quality of life because most of us don't know what we're going to run into when we head into the city", she said of Atlanta's notorious traffic jams. "That's a huge issue that we have to address". After losing that election, old recordings surfaced of Norwood speaking negatively about black voters. "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", she shared with the NY Times. "She's approachable. She has been here". AFCRA also operates portions of John A. White Park, where the junior gold program The First Tee is hosted in southwest Atlanta. Regardless of who wins, Atlanta will have its second female mayor, following Franklin who left office in 2010.