Atlanta voters were clear: They wanted a Black mayor for their city...40 years and counting. And that's exactly what they got!
Candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, declared herself the winner of the race early Wednesday morning (Dec. 6th), against her opponent, Mary Norwood, an Independent.
Both are on the city council.
ABC reported that Bottoms won by a narrow margin of only 759 votes and led by 1 percent of the vote. However, Norwood isn't trying to give up, she's salty and has requested a recount.
"It's not over yet," Norwood told supporters. "We will be asking for a recount.
She added: "We will be here until every vote is counted and we know what happens."
Meanwhile, Bottoms is declaring herself ATL's mayor...LIKE A BOSS!!!
"I am just in awe of what God is able to do," Bottoms said. “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,” she added.
If for whatever reason this recount shows that Norwood is the winner, she will be the first white female mayor in Atlanta's history.
But given some of her past racist comments, we're sure that plenty of Black voters don't want to see that happen.
See, when Norwood lost in 2009 against Reed, a Black man, she referred to his voters as "thugs."
Politically Georgia wrote that during a debate between the two, Bottoms reminded the crowd and her opponent of this.
“The coded language was related to African-Americans who exercised their lawful right to vote,” said Bottoms. “And my opponent referred to it in a secret tape using coded language.”
She then turned Norwood and said, “Did you use the word thug? Did you call them thugs?” Norwood replied: “Thugs does not mean African Americans.
OK...girl. But you ain't fooling anyone over here. We know who and what you were talking about.
In the meantime, Bottoms is sitting pretty. And if she is found the winner after the recount, she would continue a run of African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s, CBS News pointed out.
Congrats Mayor Bottoms!!! We're speaking and cementing your victory into existence!