Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms talks with CBS46 News

Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms talks with CBS46 News

It's not over yet: Norwood demands recount as Bottoms declares victory in mayoral race

- Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms stopped by Good Day Atlanta Wednesday morning after declaring herself the victor of the runoff.

Bottoms spoke early Wednesday at an Atlanta hotel, saying near the end of her speech that "I am just in awe of what God is able to do". Dist. 9 contender Dustin Hills eked out a victory over Kwame Abernathy, while Marci Collier Overstreet bested Harold Hardnett for the Dist. 11 seat. She says absentee ballots from military members have yet to figure in the totals and she believes some ballots have yet to be tabulated.

The race was close, and only minutes into Wednesday morning, at the same time Bottoms was celebrating her win, Norwood was calling for a closer look at the results.

Polls have closed in a runoff election between two Atlanta councilwomen vying for the city's top job.

Many feel that the race was as close as it was because of Bottoms' endorsement by the current mayor, Kasim Reed, whose administration has been accused of corruption and bribery investigation and is allegedly being investigated by the Atlanta City Hall, diving the Black vote.

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Acknowledging this history, Norwood said, "I've done this before".

A proud HBCU graduate, 47-year-old Bottoms was met with cheers from her supporters as she took to the podium at her celebration rally to share a few worlds amid news of her victory.

If Bottoms wins, it would continue what has been called the city's black political machine, which has dominated the mayor's office since the mid-1970s.

Transportation, public safety and affordable housing are among the most pressing challenges facing the city's new mayor.

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