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Reality has finally set in for Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral race.

The Independent candidate announced her concession to Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms late Wednesday (Dec. 21), saying she will not contest the Dec. 5 runoff results despite earlier calls for a recount.

Norwood lost to Bottoms by 821 votes in a race in which nearly 90,000 people cast ballots.

Norwood had asked for a recount in the runoff. But in a change of mind, the candidate said in her concession video Wednesday that while she believes there were voting irregularities, she would not contest the results.

“For the future of this city, I believe it is the right thing to do to move on and hold a new administration accountable,” Norwood says in the video, posted to YouTube.

Bottoms and Norwood got about 26% and 21%, respectively, of the vote in the November 7 general election, emerging as the top two candidates from a field of 11. In Georgia, if no candidate secures more than 50% of the vote in the general election, a final race between the top two candidates decides the winner.

Atlanta is a Democratic stronghold in a state that is largely Republican, and the city’s government remains the only major Democratic power center in a state political system dominated by Republican officeholders.

Norwood also said in her video that she resents being called a racist “who would turn back the clock to 1950” during the campaign. Bottoms had labeled Norwood as a Republican masquerading as an Independent.

“They made it all about race and a divisive campaign,” Norwood said.

Current Mayor Kasim Reed, who cannot seek re-election due to term limits and supported Bottoms, applauded the decision to concede.

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12 thoughts on “Mary Norwood Concedes To Keisha Lance Bottoms

  1. Congratulations to new Mayor Keisha L. Bottoms! Mayor-elect bottoms, you and other mayors need to tell members of Congress in your area to “do the right thing” and take some lessons from local government regarding taxes. Please pass this message along to the Atlanta-area Congressional representatives: “Trickle down” economics failed to help low and middle-income working people during the Reagan-Bush years. It allowed the wealthy to hoard more money and gain more control over corporations and politicians. Congress, please bring our troops home and cut off all foreign aid. Use OUR tax $ to help working people and retired workers. “Repeal and replace” the individual income tax, which unfairly places most of the tax burden on working people, with a 1% tax on real estate, big-ticket luxuries, stocks, bonds, and cash deposits. Congress, give retired workers barely surviving on Social Security a retroactive cost of living raise equal to what Congress has been giving themselves and federal employees all these years, to help keep up with inflated housing costs, inflated medical bills, and basic survival. At least give enough to buy a few cups of senior coffee at McDonald’s! Congress has been sucking up to the rich and powerful too long. Congress has “sold the working people down the river”…..As the late, wealthy New York City hotel heiress Leona Helmsley said when she was accused of tax evasion, “Only the Little People pay taxes.” Leona was right, but it’s time for a change! Gary J. Minter (one of the “Little People” who pays taxes)

  2. “They made it all about race…” – I think when she called out “all those felons from the projects she made it very clear she was going after that pristine, white vote. She wasn’t about “all” the citizens of Atlanta. Good riddance – off with her.

  3. It’s about damn time!!!!!
    white folks HATE to lose to a person of Color.
    It just goes to show they are POOR LOSERS!!!!!

    Kudo’s and much success to Ms. Bottoms!!!!!!

    • actually it is you blacks that are universally known as the biggest losers on the planet. You are the most racist black POS I have ever seen! Old, angry sheboon

      • queen... on said:

        AWW, YOU MADE CAUSE WONT NO BODY BLACK, WHITE OR THE OTHER GIVE YOUR IGNORANT ASS THE TIME OF DAY. STAY IN YO MOMMA BASEMENT SUCKING ON HER TITS, AND PLAYING WIT YAH SELF. YOU A CHILD OF YOUR PARENTS WHO ARE SISTER AND BROTHER….UGH…..

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