It was past midnight before Keisha Lance Bottoms took the stage at the Hyatt Regency to declare victory.
“So Atlanta, this has been a very, very, very long campaign, but as we look forward to the future, I look forward to engaging with each of you. Making sure that our city continues to move forward,” Bottoms said.
The polls show Bottoms with a razor-thin, 759-vote lead over Mary Norwood, who did not concede.
“Because it’s within the 1 percent, we will be asking for a recount,” said Norwood, to cheers.
“We’re going to know that every single vote that has been cast is exactly reported out the way that it should be and will be,” she said.
If that recount does shift in her favor, Norwood would become Atlanta’s first white mayor in four decades. Not to mention the office’s first non-Democrat since the late 1800s.
As Norwood put it, we’re still days away from knowing.