Poll: Bottoms and Norwood are deadlocked in race for Atlanta mayor

Atlanta mayoral candidates Mary Norwood (right) and Keisha Lance Bottoms at the Atlanta Press Club debate last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

A poll commissioned by Fox 5 Atlanta showed City Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood in a statistical tie with less than a week before the vote for Atlanta mayor.

The station reported that the poll of 500 registered Atlanta voters, which was conducted by Opinion Savvy, had Bottoms at 41.5 percent and Norwood at 38.7 percent. About 20 percent of the respondents were undecided. The margin of error was 4.4 percent.

It was the first public poll released during the runoff phase of the election to succeed Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

The two rivals combined for 47 percent of the vote in the first round of voting earlier this month, and since then they’ve both scrambled to win over their former adversaries and their supporters.

The poll was conducted on Sunday and Monday, largely before one of the bigger developments in the contest: Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin’s decision to endorse Norwood. She joined ex-City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and businessman Peter Aman at a Monday press conference to announce her support.

Both campaigns spun the poll as a sign of momentum, with Bottoms claiming it signaled a “brand new race” and Norwood saying she was “delighted” by the dead heat.

The station didn’t immediately release crosstabs, but we’ll update this story if we get them.

More recent AJC coverage of the Atlanta mayoral race:

Of ‘thugs’ and ‘coded language’ Atlanta mayoral candidates clash in GPB debate

Woolard grills Bottoms and Norwood in Atlanta mayor’s race

With Atlanta mayor vote, a fabled bipartisan alliance comes to an end

A closer look at the big-name endorsements in the Atlanta mayor’s race

Atlanta mayoral hopefuls call for transparency. How do they measure up?

Norwood questions 2009 mayoral vote as another Atlanta runoff looms

Shirley Franklin, Peter Aman endorse Norwood’s Atlanta mayoral bid

‘Party of Trump?’ Democrats launch ad linking Norwood to president

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Say No More
Say No More

Let me interpret, if the liberal AJC says they are tied then in actuality Norwoood is leading because the AJC has proven in the past it will support a liberal narrative even it means bending or hiding the truth

J260
J260

Norwood has ZERO chance of winning.  The other side will resort to voter fraud and intimidation if need be.  Bank on it.

SomeonesDad2
SomeonesDad2

It would be nice to get the corrupt black network out of there for a while.

Patriot30127
Patriot30127

Norwood, old school, insider...shut down b8uckhead clubs when I was in high school. City has not been the same. OXYGEN! KLB FTW!!! Let's go!

SethC729
SethC729

@Patriot30127 If clubs and a bunch of high schoolers and people blocking the streets is your basis of voting, then thank god everyone's vote counts for just one vote. There are clubs all over the city that open and shut all the time in every part of the city.

Harvey P.
Harvey P.

Mary.  Mary.  Mary!   Mary Norwood is the only good choice here, and should prove to be exactly what this city needs.

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

Cathy Woolard thus far has withheld endorsing a remaining mayoral candidate. Beyond that, last night she held a debate for the candidates at the Carter Center.   The first is interesting; the second is REALLY odd.  What's Cathy up to???  Is she angling for one of the many new CZAR positions Bottoms wants to create in Education, Housing etc.?  No doubt the Martha's Vinyard Czar position--where Bottoms just purchased a million dollar house-- isn't too far in the offing. Bottoms sounds more and more like the fool in the WH. It's getting so Atlanta will have MORE CZARS than MOTHER RUSSIA!!

WW5
WW5

this is a dagger to reed's power

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