759 votes. That’s how close the mayoral race for Atlanta was. Just 759 votes separated the two candidates for mayor. When the smoke cleared, Democratic nominee Keisha Bottoms had come out on top by the small margin. Ms. Bottoms declared herself the winner early Wednesday morning. Ms. Bottom’s opponent, Mary Norwood, an Independent, however, requested a recount.
CNN (@cnn) reports, Bottoms led the race by a margin of less than one percent, which is the threshold where the second-place finisher may request a recount under state law. 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 led the general election 26 percent to 21 percent.
The Associated Press declared the runoff too close to call just after midnight. “It’s not over yet. We will be asking for a recount. We will be here until every vote is counted and we know what happens.” Norwood told her supporters as she pointed out that she only trailed Bottoms by 759 votes. Bottoms on the other hand, had a very different perspective.
“I am just in awe of what God is able to do. I’m so honored to be your 60th Mayor. This is about Atlanta. And what we said from day one is that this is about what we hope this City can be for our children’s children.” Bottoms told her supporters as they celebrated alongside Atlanta’s outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed.
The city of Atlanta hasn’t had a female Mayor since 2010. Either way the decision goes, that will change this year.