Politics

Bottoms And Norwood Advance to Runoff In Mayoral Race

Unofficial election returns early Wednesday morning showed that Keisha Lance Bottoms, right, had about 27 percent of the vote to Mary Norwood's 21 percent.
Unofficial election returns early Wednesday morning showed that Keisha Lance Bottoms, right, had about 27 percent of the vote to Mary Norwood's 21 percent.
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Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood are the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s election and are now headed to a runoff.

Unofficial election returns early Wednesday morning showed that Bottoms had about 27 percent of the vote to Norwood’s 21 percent.

The two candidates now face off in a Dec. 5 runoff 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.

Bottoms and Norwood emerged first and second from a field of nearly a dozen candidates vying for the high-profile position.

Reed will leave his successor with a thicket of challenges facing Georgia’s capital city. Among them are traffic-clogged highways showing no sign of easing and a lack of affordable housing in a city where rents and home prices have soared. The new mayor also inherits Atlanta’s aggressive effort to lure Amazon’s coveted second headquarters, with a decision expected next year.

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