Bottoms Declares Victory; Norwood Says It Isn’t Over; Other Election Results

Keisha Lance Bottoms has claimed victory in the Atlanta Mayor’s race runoff, after 100% of precincts showed her with a lead of about 750 votes – eerily similar to Norwood’s last attempt to become Mayor versus Kasim Reed.

Norwood gave a spirited defense of her candidacy, noting that there are still some outstanding military overseas ballots and some questions about two DeKalb precincts:

In other races of note, Felicia Moore won the contest to become Atlanta City Council President, setting up a check and balance relationship between the top two posts at City Hall.

Kandis Wood Jackson, daughter of former 11Alive anchor (and my friend) Brenda Wood, won the city wide runoff for an Atlanta School Board post.

Rob Pitts defeated Keisha Waites to become Fulton County Commission Chairman.

Jen Jordan defeated JaHa Howard to allow Democrats to officially take Georgia’s 6th State Senate District, the seat vacated by GOP candidate for Governor, Hunter Hill.

Democrats also held State Senate district 39 with Nakima Williams defeating Linda Pritchett, 51-49.

Democrat Kim Schofield is going to the Georgia House from District 60, and will be joined by Democrat Bee Nguyen from District 89. Both seats were previously held by Democrats.

Vanessa Fleisch won re-election as Peachtree City’s Mayor.

Roswell selected a new mayor for the first time since…reconstruction maybe, with Lori Henry defeating Lee Jenkins 55-45. Sean Groer and Matt Judy will be new members on the Roswell City Council.

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Say what you will about the mayoral election itself, once again the polls seemed to be out of whack with the ultimate reality. If memory serves, a poll shown on WSB TV’s site had Norwood ahead by a significant margin just days before the election. What are the pollsters missing?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Perhaps the more important question is why is it now that people’s responses to poll not match their actions. Or maybe there’s a change developing among those that will accept and participate in such calls and those that don’t.


I don’t know what those polls said, but my opinion is that anything showing a race within 10 points (55% to 45%) is within the margin of error. Some might say less, but regardless, the margin isn’t applied to the 10 point difference as a whole, it’s applied to the % voting one way or the other, so any error becomes a larger swing in the total %s. So that 10 point spread, if a 5% error, becomes a 50-50 possibility, and 0% spread.


they are missing the heavy hand of the former Mayor Kasim Reed. When it all comes out people are going to be shocked how Keisha Bottoms was elected. My only hope is that BJ Pak has a pair.