WSB poll: Bottoms gains on Norwood in Atlanta mayor race

Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms. AJC file.

Keisha Lance Bottoms surged to within striking distance of Mary Norwood in the latest WSB-TV poll of the crowded race for Atlanta mayor, catapulting ahead of rivals gunning for a spot in a likely runoff.

The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications, had Norwood in the lead with 22 percent of the vote – down from a peak earlier this year when the city councilman notched near 30 percent. Bottoms, also a councilwoman, polled at 19 percent – a sharp rise since the last WSB poll.

The only other candidate in double-digits was Peter Aman, a former Atlanta chief operating officer who logged 13 percent. About one-fifth of the electorate was undecided.

The rest of the field in the Nov. 7 contest remained muddled. City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, former City Council President Cathy Woolard and ex-state Sen. Vincent Fort each got about 6 percent of the vote. City Councilman Kwanza Hall was at 5 percent, and former Fulton County chair John Eaves notched 3 percent.

The poll comes as candidates competing to succeed a term-limited Kasim Reed ready for a new phase in the race. Early voting starts Monday, and campaigns are digging deeper into their coffers to get out their message and mobilize their voters.

Norwood has led every public poll of the mayoral race and is widely expected to win a spot in a December runoff, but her standing has eroded as she’s faced new attacks from rivals and an online assault from the Democratic Party of Georgia labeling her a closet Republican. A self-described independent, Norwood is the only candidate in the race not to identify as a Democrat.

She still leads the field among men and women, and has the lion’s share of Republican voters. But her support among voters 65 and older and among white voters has dropped since the August WSB poll.

Bottoms, endorsed Wednesday by the outgoing mayor, has since consolidated more Democratic support. The August poll showed her with about 17 percent of the Democratic vote; Wednesday’s poll had her at nearly a quarter.  She logged about one-third of the black vote – doubling Norwood, her closest competitor.

And while Aman has barely budged since the last poll, rising about a half-percent, he’s also eaten into some of Norwood’s white backing.

A decline in African-American support, meanwhile, has hurt Mitchell. He dropped about 4 percentage points overall as his share of the black vote fell from 14.5 percent to 9 percent since August.

The poll of 750 likely voters was conducted from Oct. 7-8. The margin of error was 3.6 percent.

Check out the crosstabs here.

Reader Comments 0

13 comments
TruckGirl
TruckGirl

Kasim wins if Bottoms or Aman get in period. Note the two people he hasn’t gone after. Reality is we as are in trouble. There is no real leadership in this race and no one who can run on a record of helping ALL of Atlanta.

Gloria_
Gloria_

bÈforÈ I ŚĀw thÈ chÈck thĀt ŚĀiD $9789, I DiDn't bÈliÈvÈ thĀt Μy nÈighbourŚ ΜothÈr wĀŚ likÈ thÈy ŚĀy ĀctuĀly rÈcÈiving ΜonÈy pĀrt-tiΜÈ on thÈrÈ putĀr.. thÈrÈ unclÈŚ couŚin hĀŚ bÈÈn Doing thiŚ for only fourtÈÈn ΜonthŚ ĀnD Ā Śhort tiΜÈ Āgo rÈpĀyÈD thÈ ΜortgĀgÈ on thÈrÈ villĀ ĀnD bought thÈΜŚÈlvÈŚ Ā LĀnD RovÈr DÈfÈnDÈr. I wÈnt hÈrÈ, 

>>>>>>>>>>> http://tiny.cc/online-jobss


Kathrine Joe
Kathrine Joe

I ĀctuĀlly ŚtĀrtÈD 6 ΜonthŚ Āgo ĀnD prÈtty Μuch ŚtrĀight ĀwĀy bÈgĀn to bring in Āt lÈĀŚt $71, pÈr-hour. I uŚÈ thÈ DÈtĀilŚ hÈrÈ, >>>>>>>>>>>http://www.2green-money.com

RickRN69
RickRN69

Norwood ignores the concerns of black citizens why vote for her? what's with the group think that if it's black it's corrupt. if you say ms bottoms is a crook then persue charges. SW Atl needs some attention and jobs...don't worry blacks pay taxes too and this community is educated and not walking around hat in hand begging. doesn't seem like any manufactoring is coming! where's the casino? something that brings jobs. Deal only concerned about areas outside the metro

Teresa B. McGee
Teresa B. McGee

 JĀkÈ. Ālthough BÈnjĀΜin`Ś blurb iŚ incrÈDiblÈ... lĀŚt wÈDnÈŚDĀy I bought Ā top of thÈ rĀngÈ LÈxuŚ LŚ400 ĀftÈr I bÈÈn ÈĀrnin $5657 thiŚ-pĀŚt/Μonth ĀnD ΜorÈ thĀn tÈn k lĀŚt Μunth. without Ā Doubt it iŚ thÈ nicÈŚt work IvÈ ÈvÈr DonÈ. I ĀctuĀlly ŚtĀrtÈD 9-ΜonthŚ Āgo ĀnD iΜΜÈDiĀtÈly wĀŚ bringin in Āt lÈĀŚt $78, pÈr-hour. I wÈnt to thiŚ wÈbŚitÈ,, 

>>>>>>>>>>>http://www.timejob9.com/

mamanelle5
mamanelle5

Bottoms is more interested in the S.W. section of town, as she stated recently....................she's supposed to be Mayor of the entire city.

weetamoe
weetamoe

The AJC and   "media strategist"  J  e  f  f  D  i  c  k  e  r  s  o  n  will see to it that Norwood does not stand a chance.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Black voters will be told Mary Norwood is a Republican and that should scare them into voting for a black candidate. Doesn't matter that the black candidate is corrupt and a thief, but you absolutely, positively can't have a white Mayor of Atlanta.

RickRN69
RickRN69

@TrueBlueDem like black people can't make up their own minds..just like donald trump some one white may spend all their time in office trying to undue anything and everything that the "black guy" did.


justhetruth2017
justhetruth2017

Mark Rountree of Landmark communications would saying the Micheal Streling was inning is Michael had the money to pay him. A poll from Landmark Communication is most valuable to be discussed after your 4th beer because thats how many he has to drink to face himself in the mirror. #paidhack

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

How many beers have you had while writing this gibberish?