In Atlanta’s mayoral runoff, Keisha Lance Bottoms borrowed Kasim Reed’s playbook

Keisha Lance Bottoms, arrived at her part as a candidate for mayor of Atlanta on Tuesday, and left as mayor-elect. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Eight years ago, former state senator Kasim Reed beat Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral runoff by 714 votes – out of 84,000 or so cast.

Last night, Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Reed protégé, apparently defeated Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral runoff by 759 votes – out of 95,886 cast. (Norwood has yet to concede, saying she’ll wait for provisional and overseas military ballots to be counted.)

The parallel doesn’t end there.

Atlanta’s electoral dynamics can be defined by three camps: GOP-friendly Buckhead to the north, the African-American power base of south Atlanta; and Midtown/east Atlanta, a zone of more liberal white Democrats and the center of the city’s LGBT vote.

Eight years ago, Reed’s formula was simple: Run up the score in south Atlanta, and don’t get skunked in east Atlanta. He didn’t have to win the latter territory, but he couldn’t concede the vote. He didn’t.

Precinct-by-precinct returns have yet to come, but Bottoms apparently worked the same formula for her victory – if Atlanta-in-DeKalb votes are any guide.

Mary Norwood carried Atlanta-in-DeKalb with nearly 58 percent of the vote, leaving Bottoms with a respectable 42 percent. By contrast, in the race to become president of the Atlanta City Council, Alex Wan took 66 percent of the Atlanta-in-DeKalb vote.

But you can’t win Atlanta with one-dimensional appeal. Wan still lost to Felicia Moore, who took nearly 57 percent of the Atlanta-in-Fulton vote. Bottoms, by contrast, mustered only 51 percent of the Atlanta-in-Fulton vote in the mayoral contest. But her decent showing in east Atlanta saved her.

Click here for specifics, but below is the AJC map of who won where. Bottoms majorities are in blue, Norwood’s are in green:

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Mary Norwood pushed back every chance she could get at claims she was a “closet Republican,” but she  drew plenty of GOP figures to her campaign party. Among them: State Sen. Brandon Beach, 11th District GOP Chair Brad Carver, former state Rep. Melvin Everson and GOP strategist Seth Weathers, who runs Michael Williams campaign for governor. Williams also made an appearance later in the night. (Greg Bluestein)

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Atlanta wasn’t the only city that decided that the time wasn’t right for a racial shift in its politics. In Roswell’s mayoral runoff, Lori Henry trounced Lee Jenkins, 55 to 45 percent. Jenkins, a local pastor, was attempting to become the city’s first African-American mayor.

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For other election results in metro Atlanta, click here. Some highlights:

A trio of LGBT candidates was defeated, souring what many thought might be a season of growing influence within metro Atlanta’s political landscape.

As mentioned above, Atlanta city council president candidate Alex Wan was bested by Felicia Moore, leaving the council without an openly gay member for the first time in about two decades.

Fulton County Commission chair contender Keisha Waites was soundly defeated in her contest.  And De’Andre Pickett, who was vying to be the fifth LGBT member of the Georgia House, also lost his bid for public office.

And in the race for mayor, Mary Norwood had been endorsed by Georgia Equality, the preeminent gay rights organization in the state, as well as former Atlanta city council president Cathy Woolard. Neither endorsement was enough to carry Norwood over the finish line. (GB)

On the other hand, women candidates as a whole had a good night in races across metro Atlanta. There was one notable exception: Robb Pitts defeated former state Rep. Keisha Waites in an all-Democratic runoff to lead the Fulton County Commission, helped by support from Republicans in north Fulton. (GB)

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Georgia Democratic Party Chairman DuBose Porter, right, and Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Evans, center, at last night’s election night party for Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

And here’s a Twitter message from Seth Clark, an advisor to Stacey Evans, a Democratic candidate for governor, hinting at 2018 implications in Atlanta’s mayoral results:

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This morning, Time magazine named women “silence breakers” as its person of the year:

Women have had it with bosses and co-workers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries exist. They’ve had it with the fear of retaliation, of being blackballed, of being fired from a job they can’t afford to lose. They’ve had it with the code of going along to get along.

And yet there are those that think the outrage is being unfairly distributed. From Politico.com:

The stunning fall of Democratic Rep. John Conyers — who resigned Tuesday amid a growing sexual-harassment scandal — has left confusion, anger, resentment and bewilderment inside the ranks of the Congressional Black Caucus, a group that Conyers helped found nearly four decades ago.

Many CBC members see a double standard at play. They won’t say the treatment of Conyers is racist, necessarily — and all express strong support for his alleged victims — but they think white politicians accused of similar misconduct like Blake Farenthold, Al Franken, Roy Moore and Donald Trump get a “benefit of the doubt” that black politicians don’t enjoy.

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Former state Rep. Brian Strickland won’t have a cakewalk in his quest to succeed Rick Jeffares in the Georgia Senate. Democrat Phyllis Hatcher is running for the McDonough-based seat vacated by Jeffares, who is running for lieutenant governor. The special election is set for January.

Hatcher ran for office for the first time last year, emerging from a field of nine Democrats as the second-highest vote-getter in the race for a Rockdale County commission seat. She was defeated by a Republican in the runoff.

Hatcher told the Rockdale Citizen she plans to run as a bridge-building Democrat who can “work together across the aisle and make true changes.” Strickland, a Republican, resigned last week to seek the job and enjoys Jeffares’ endorsement. (GB)

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The NAACP is bristling at President Donald Trump’s plans to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum in Jackson, Miss.,i over the weekend.

The president’s record on civil rights is “abysmal,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a searing statement on Tuesday. “He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation.”

“His attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement,” Johnson added.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday called planned protests against Trump and his visit “very sad.” “This should be something that brings the country together,” she said. (Tamar Hallerman)

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The U.S. House , meanwhile, is gearing up for a big vote later today on legislation that would hand the National Rifle Association its biggest victory so far this year. The legislation would grant reciprocity rights in states with concealed carry gun laws. Click here for CNN’s take.

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Yesterday we told you about a Florida Congresswoman’s tribute to our WSB radio colleague Jamie Dupree from the House floor. Dupree has since posted to his blog explaining what life has been like for a radio journalist who can’t talk:

What is wrong with my voice?  It’s complicated.

My official diagnosis is a rare neurological condition known as “Tongue Protrusion Dystonia” – for some unknown reason when I try to talk, my tongue pushes forward out of my mouth, and my throat clenches, leading to a voice that is strangled and strained, as it is a struggle to string together more than a few words at a time.

Let’s just say this – other than some simple one syllable words – it is not a voice that is suitable for radio, let alone for normal social conversation.

We’re with you, Jamie. (TH)

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Concerns are being raised about one of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s would-be top deputies. Politico.com reports that Stephen Vaden, the Trump administration’s pick to be the department’s top lawyer, has provoked bitter labor negotiations and crumbling worker morale since he arrived as a deputy counsel. Vaden is not the first of Perdue’s would-be colleagues to be questioned. Sam Clovis, who had been nominated to be USDA’s top scientist, withdrew from consideration last month after questions were raised about his scientific credentials and potential connections to the ongoing Russia probe (TH).

 

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A hearty congrats to U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, who  welcomed a new baby boy into his family this week:

 

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Will 4870
Will 4870

Hey rednecks & racists, you can always leave my great City of Atlanta and move to one of the smaller towns in Georgia if you don't like having a Black Mayor.  Better yet, leave the state altogether and move to Alabama, Mississippi, or South Carolina.  I'm sure you would like it there much more.  We've had a Black Mayor since 1973 (44 years) and have grown and prospered as a major City in the U.S.  So if you don't like it, adios and don't let the door hit you in the behind!!

Selena....
Selena....

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Infraredguy
Infraredguy

I really don't care who the Mayor of Atlanta is, the corruption will remain for the most part. I don't live in the City, I don't go to dinner in the City especially at night and I don't stop when I drive through the City unless I get stuck in traffic on the Interstate. Atlanta is a place with a high crime rate, high taxes high cost of living and poor delivery of services for the money you pay. I am happy up in Cherokee County so Atlanta can be for the rich and very poor and you can have MARTA, the cost per mile to operate is ridiculous

Bionda
Bionda

Not surprised that Atlanta voted for somebody who does not pay her bills. Thugs have a good life here.

Adamsran
Adamsran

I'm a white 58 year old male.  Most of my politics are conservative. But I'm also very proud of the fact that Atlanta has more AA millionaires living here verses any other city in the country.  We have the largest AA Middle Class.  We have Morehouse and Spellman here.


I thought Mayor Reed handled the BLM protest beautifully.  Other cities were literally burning.  Not Atlanta...  But people were still allowed to protest.  And where he could, he has worked with the governor of the state. (Vice-Versa by the way).


I thought Mayor Franklin was superb during her time as Atlanta's mayor.  Perhaps our best since Mayor Jackson.


Over-all, I believe that AA leadership has been good to very good through the years, with one obvious exception that led to jail time.  And while the city continues to thrive, we still struggle educating kids in the inner city and we still have many who live in crime ridden areas that lack enough support from the police.  Most of these folks are AA.


With the above said, it is disheartening to see the race card pulled anytime it is close.  Maybe one day we'll get this kind of thing behind us.


No hate here...  Just wishing that all sides would work a little harder to work together.  We do not have to agree on everything, but there should be enough that we do agree on to keep moving everyone forward.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@Adamsran  Wishful thinking, AA will always 99% of the time vote based on race, Whites less but still most of the time vote for a white if running, Norwood never had a real chance of winning, she was doomed to lose from day one, the AA power structure is not going to give up the position of power and the corruption that brings PERIOD having less than 1% of the vote total difference only proves that its was and is easy to arrange to have the vote come out in " Your " favor when needed. 

momof3boys
momof3boys

@Infraredguy @Adamsran Blacks vote solidly for Democrats regardless of race.  AA became a heavily recruited voting bloc since the flight of whites due to the 1964 Civil/Voting Rights Acts.  The Republican agenda is not friendly to Unions but non-college educated whites still run to the Republican party.  The highest number of people receiving welfare are white single woman but whites still vote Republican.  So, I don't know if you can make the claim that whites do not vote based on color and that only black people do.   

d s
d s

You mean she demonized Republicans and, dare I say it, Trump voters!  As if!  She is a nasty Black racist. 

gordy85
gordy85

It will be interesting to see how Atlanta's political environment plays out over the next decade as Emory is annexed in Atlanta and urban millenials continue to flock to the city.  For good or bad, we may be seeing the last throes of the African-American stranglehold on Atlanta politics.   

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@gordy85 

Replaced, of course, by ultra-liberal millennials and the "Elite" white class that will inhabit the area.  As for the democratic party, it makes no difference at all which race or class dominates the area or the city of Atlanta, the democrats will prevail. It's not a question of if...it's when. The exodus will continue.  I have three neighbors already from the city of Atlanta who have moved here in the last 14 months.  There will be more.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@MichaelHannigan @gordy85  Why would anybody want to live in a City with a very high property tax and a poor record of delivering simple services like water and sewer and police protection ? 

Pilot_123
Pilot_123

@MichaelHanniganThis is great!  People should live where they are comfortable.  In fact, maybe there are places in Kentucky that would be good also?

momof3boys
momof3boys

@Infraredguy @MichaelHannigan @gordy85  The same reason they like to live in Chicago or New York City.  It has culture, the vibrancy, the bustling city and the tapestry of the people that live there.  I love my suburbs but do most of the cultural events downtown.

ElStinko
ElStinko

i have no problem with KLB.  i thought she was probably the most qualified but what gets me is how poor blacks keep voting for blacks.  can't they see that is not working.

momof3boys
momof3boys

@ElStinko I shake my head at the same issue with poor whites and Republicans.  Why?? At least with Democrats, they have a civil rights agenda and more re-distributive mindset when it relates to policy which is actually more beneficial to poor whites. As it relates to voting numbers, the numbers are high, with Black women voting as high as upwards to 98% Democrat.  The Black base for the party is always this high regardless of race.  The Democrats lost the white southern vote, especially white males without a college degree, due to the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1964.  The bloc votes against their economic interest and based on how the labor unions have been marginalized by the Republicans I don't understand how they can't see it is not working!

ElStinko
ElStinko

i don't think any play book was borrowed.  It is very simple.  The poorest black neighborhoods continue to be in Ghetto state and continue to vote for the black  politician. and they will continue to be dirt poor.  Not saying that Mary Norwood would have been any better but just look how the poor black neighborhoods voted.

Raul Estrada
Raul Estrada

                                           Keisha Bottoms


Keisha Bottoms won due to Mayor Kasim Reed!! Kasim has been a power broker in the city for 8 years!! Kasim Reed is a Howard University graduate (he graduated the undergraduate division and the law school). Kasim Reed knows that in Boise, Idaho a competent african-american or latino can not win a mayoral election. This is because Boise,Idaho is 90% euro-american. 


The atlanta power brokers wanted Keisha Bottoms so they can fight for jobs and education. Mary Norwood is a good competitor,but she is running in a city, that usually elects african-americans due to demographics. Mary Norwood would have an easier time in Boise,Idaho. People should not underestimate Kasim Reed (he is an OBAMA underling). Kasim Reed pushed Keisha Bottoms over the finish line. 


Senators Corey Booker and Kamala Harris came to town. They both got Keisha Bottoms another 5000 votes. This is what pushed her over the finish line!! Booker and Harris both idolize Pres. Barack Obama. Norwood could not beat the Washington DC click. Booker and Harris won the election for Mayor-Elect Keisha Bottoms. President Obama likely pushed Harris and Booker to go to Atlanta,Georgia. President Obama is the leader of most of the most powerful politicians of color in our country!! President Obama will play a role in the 2018 California Governor and US senate race (you wait and see). Michelle is calling shots along with her hubby.

ElStinko
ElStinko

@Raul Estrada  And about 90% of people who "idolize Barack Obama are uneducated and dirt poor.  Always will be.  As long ad dhey can bounce dat bal and listen to dat rap muzic they be living well.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Raul Estrada 

"Booker and Harris both idolize Pres. Barack Obama."

partially correct - the only change (for truth0 is that your  choice of "idolize"in reality is "worship."

MiltonD
MiltonD

@Raul Estrada Kamala Harris and Corey Booker should be ashamed of themselves, stumping for Bottoms just because she is black.  The African American community is officially the most racist group in Atlanta, electing a crooked candidate just because she was black.  

momof3boys
momof3boys

@MiltonD @Raul Estrada  I'm sorry but did they say they were supporting her because she is Black? So, they can't support her because, in their eyes, she is best qualified?  Shirley Franklin campaigned for Norwood.  Black people are solidly Democrats.  Bottoms is a Democrat. Ummm.....not hard.

momof3boys
momof3boys

@ElStinko @Raul Estrada You said: "As long ad dhey can bounce dat bal and listen to dat rap muzic they be living well."

Took my children to a museum in Mississippi, and they displayed all these letters by racists on the wall.  My wonderful Black boys commented on the lack of education of these racist people. One said, "They can't even spell the N word correctly and have the audacity to say WE are uneducated." I have always taught my children that racism is bred from insecurity, fear and ignorance.  As we live in a well to do Black neighborhood, I have always allowed my children to read the nonsense usually spurred by people that are not doing as well as they are.  My children understand that the references to ignorance and stupidity that usually belies racist quips about Black people are just a way for people that harbor racist ideology to handle their inability to live up to expectations thrust upon them by the color of their skin instead of their work ethic (and in most cases lack therefo). Your comment reminds me of those on that wall and the warped reality that some people live in. But yeah, if that helps you sleep at night or look better, go for it!

momof3boys
momof3boys

@d s @Raul Estrada Yep! Along with all of my American brothers and sisters of every race, culture, and religion as well as across the world.   The good old days.  I remember seeing this cartoon of a man brushing his teeth looking in the mirror looking in his mirror thinking about his to-do list. Then fast forward now to that same man and he is so stressed out brushing his teeth wondering what Trump did today if we are getting bombed. The caption stated something like, "back when we brushing our teeth was simple." Man, I miss those days!

freequark
freequark

Just as Jerry Maguire had Dorothy at "Hello," KLB had most of her voters at "black."

C. Baptiste
C. Baptiste

@freequark And just like D Trump had most of his voters at "The last hope for the White man!"

d s
d s

@C. Baptiste @freequark the last hope for non Whites is White America, why else do they come and stay?  You won't' be going to Africa any time soon will you?  No, you like White nations. 

momof3boys
momof3boys

@d s @C. Baptiste @freequark  If you research to pinpoint what was made in this country you will come to understand things such as blood transfusion, traffic lights, and computers just to name three out of millions of things we actually rightly got credit from (not to mention the millions we don't) and there is no hope that White America is going to save us.  If you political and economic dominance in a historical perspective, only the modern era has been wrought with power from white nations.  Centuries prior there were African then Asian dynasties that were in power alot longer. We just don't learn about them in our history class. Some of the mischaracterization is just from a lack of knowledge.

atlperson
atlperson

good neighborhoods versus bad peeps



EdGraham
EdGraham

For the last several months, I've said that the black power elite in the city, joined by their friends around the country and the Georgia Democratic Party, would do *anything* and tell *any* lie to make sure that the next mayor would be black, just like they did to Mary Norwood in 2009, and I was spot on!  Keisha will be nothing but a continuation of the corruption and incompetence we've had with His Imperial Majesty King Kasim.  While the city only accounts for about 8% of the metro area population, it affects the entire region.

Pilot_123
Pilot_123

@EdGraham What is the corruption you speak of?  What is the incompetence?  Is it only a matter of race?

MiltonD
MiltonD

@Pilot_123 @ElStinko @EdGraham At least 3 federal bribery charges so far and they haven't identified half of the bribe takers.  Don't play dumb, the feds have already said more indictments are coming.  

Pilot_123
Pilot_123

@MiltonDSo you speak without facts, correct?  If we work together and you commit fraud, does it make me guilty?  Does it mean the entire company is corrupt?  Does corruption occur in other government entities in other cities?  Just curious...

Pilot_123
Pilot_123

@InfraredguyI'm not sure what Detroit has to do with this?  Maybe this was a backhanded race-based comment?  I know, I get it.  Losers will always be angry.

atlperson
atlperson

KLB is  = a racist pig.  she will die soon


GeorgeJuarez
GeorgeJuarez

I wonder how many dead people voted for Bottoms, she's in with Kasim Reed so that means what I just said. She needs to start picking out her colors for her jail cell after they finish counting the votes and see the fraud that was created by Reed and Bottoms

Pilot_123
Pilot_123

@GeorgeJuarez Seriously?  Wow.  If you win, you won fair and square.  If you lose, there is fraud involved.  We as a metro area are better than this.

hardtimesnatl
hardtimesnatl

@GeorgeJuarez Well, according the secret recording made in front of the Young Republicans, she is now an expert in all of the dirty tricks, and she said how please she was with the election board that she helped staff - so what can her complaint now possibly be?  You are just a loser like her.

MiltonD
MiltonD

@Pilot_123 @GeorgeJuarez People are having a hard time understanding that so many black Atlantans could be so racist to vote for a corrupt candidate, solely because she is black.  We don't understand.

momof3boys
momof3boys

@Pilot_123 @GeorgeJuarez  This narrative is tainted by race.  And no matter how many times you ask the hard questions Pilot_123 not too many people are going to admit nor even recognize the rationale for their answers. But, just reading your commentary, I know you know the reasons behind their statements without them admitting to it.  Just know that I understand exactly what you understand.

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