*The results from Atlanta’s mayoral race will be recounted on Saturday, Dec. 9, after voters delivered a nearly split decision on Tuesday (Dec. 5).
Just after midnight, Independent candidate Mary Norwood called for a recount as her Democratic opponent Keisha Lance Bottoms celebrated the result. Norwood cited an unofficial count in her address to supporters, and said while she was behind in votes, she was waiting for further updates on the vote total later in the week.
“It’s not over yet,” Norwood said.
Bottoms, meanwhile, delivered a celebratory speech surrounded by a throng of supporters, including sitting Mayor Kasim Reed… and inexplicably, Tyrese Gibson:
— Rah. (@thatguydream) December 6, 2017
why was tyrese up there standing behind Keisha like somebody deacon? kxksjxdj pic.twitter.com/82cRNzm4nT
— RK Jackson | Atlanta (@theerkj) December 6, 2017
Below, more details of Atlanta’s tight mayoral race via CNN:
Bottoms, a Democrat, squared off against Norwood, an independent, in the nonpartisan runoff to succeed Reed, who is term limited from seeking re-election.
Votes rolled in late Tuesday evening, offering a nail-biting finish for the contentious race to lead one of the largest cities in the deep south — and one that echoed Atlanta’s 2009 mayoral contest, when Norwood narrowly lost to Reed and requested a recount, which certified the slim loss.
Acknowledging this history, Norwood said, “I’ve done this before.”
A Norwood victory would mean Atlanta — a gentrifying city where the African American share of the population remains a majority but has gone down over the years — would have its first white mayor in more than 40 years.