Two Ladies Advance To Runoff In Historic Atlanta Mayoral Election

Last night, Atlanta voters pushed two women into a runoff to be the city’s next mayor.

Councilwoman Keshia Lance-Bottoms came in first place in the crowded field, drawing 26% of the vote, followed by Mary Norwood, also a Councilwoman, who pulled 21% of the vote.

When the two ladies face off in a December 5th winner-take-all runoff, it will be the first time two women–notably a Black woman and a White woman–will compete in a runoff to be the city’s next mayor.

In Georgia, if a candidate fails to make the 50% + 1 threshold, a runoff is required between the top two vote-getters.

The two ladies emerged from a field of 12 candidates.

Norwood, who has mostly voted Republican in her past, was expected to make the runoff. If elected, she would be Atlanta’s first elected White mayor since 1973.

Keshia Lance Bottoms entered the race polling near the bottom of the pile, but quickly built a large base of support and won the support and endorsement of current Mayor Kasim Reed.

Norwood made headlines and drew criticism after she denied that police don’t discriminate against Black people.