Between Democratic candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms and Independent candidate Mary Norwood, the fight for Atlanta was already destined to be a close one.
In other races, Felicia Moore defeated Alex Wan to become the next City Council President, while Atlanta City Council Dist. 4 incumbent Cleta Winslow narrowly held on to her seat in a runoff with Jason Dozier.
Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election night party.
Candidate Keisha Bottoms, a Democrat, declared herself the victor of the race early Wednesday morning, while her opponent, Mary Norwood, an independent, requested a recount. Just over 92,000 people voted in Tuesday's runoff, which was held after no candidate received an absolute majority in November's election.
Bottoms and Norwood had around 26 percent and 21 percent, respectively, in the vote in the general election on November 6.
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Norwood told reporters she meant to seek a recount. "We will be asking for a recount". "We knew that every single vote would matter".
"For all the little girls out there, who need somebody to believe that you're better than your circumstances, I want you all to remember that Black Girl Magic is real", Bottoms said.
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.
"This is about Atlanta". "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.
If Norwood wins, Atlanta would have its first-ever white female mayor.