After leading at the polls all evening, Keisha Lance Bottoms took the stage just after midnight at the Hyatt Regency downtown. A DJ played Drake’s “Started from the Bottom” as she entered, flanked by family and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
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Her speech to supporters early Wednesday touched on her family’s history, transportation and education.
As she addressed the crowd, she paraphrased a line from Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”: “I am the hope of the slave.”
“I stand here with the blood of slaves and slave owners running through my veins,” Bottoms said. “And I look at each of you and I’m reminded what is possible in this city.”
Earlier in the evening, Reed told reporters he thought Bottoms, behind whom he’s thrown his full weight since campaigning began, would be unbeatable in a runoff.
Bottoms and Mary Norwood were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s election and are now headed to a Dec. 5 runoff vote since no candidate won a majority of votes.
The winner of the runoff will replace two-term Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who is leaving due to term limits.
Read on Tuesday’s election here.
WABE’s Lisa Hagen and the Associated Press contributed to this report.