Augusta native loses Atlanta mayoral recount

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 1:07 PM
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ATLANTA – Former Georgia state Sen. Kasim Reed will be sworn in as Atlanta's next mayor after a Wednesday recount confirmed his slim margin of victory over opponent Mary Norwood.

His election to succeed current Mayor Shirley Franklin extends a decades-long line of black mayors in the mostly black city.

It came after a hard-fought race that was extended beyond November's general election with a December runoff and the recount. More than 84,000 ballots were cast in the runoff - more votes than in the general election.

The recount showed Reed won 714 more votes than City Councilwoman Mary Norwood. Norwood picked up just one vote in the recount. Because of the change, Fulton County elections officials said they would have to recertify the race on Thursday.

Norwood ran a strong grassroots campaign but fell short of becoming the city's first white mayor since 1973. She was scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The 40-year-old Reed, who entered the race a few months ago as a virtual unknown, ended the contest strongly, passing Norwood in fundraising. Reed began assuming his new role even as the Dec. 1 runoff was being sorted out, announcing his chief operating officer this week and an interim police chief as the recount began on Wednesday.

"The city of Atlanta has to have stability," said Reed, who takes office on Jan. 4. "These are decision that could not wait. We've got a lot to do. If we were to wait any longer, it would be Inauguration Day."

Reed and Norwood fought for votes across the city and over the airwaves in the month leading up to the runoff. Both tried to gain a critical mass of racial crossover votes, with victory likely hinging on black-versus-white turnout. Reed vowed Wednesday to continue to reach out to Norwood and her supporters as he prepares to take office.

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 12/09/09 - 02:29 pm
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And the blight in Atlanta and

And the blight in Atlanta and the exodus to the suburbs continue....

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 12/09/09 - 02:52 pm
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Baronvonreich, I guess you

Baronvonreich, I guess you think if Mrs. Norwood had of won she would be able to single handedly halt any decay. Well, if you had done your homework, the white population in the city of Atlanta has increased and the black population has gone down.So thinking there is some flight to the suburbs, has no factual basis.

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justthefacts 12/09/09 - 03:02 pm
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What does have factual basis

What does have factual basis is that John's Creek, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs bailed on Atlanta and took their tax base with them. Milton is teed up next. I like the fact that Reed seems focused on crime. Hopefully, he will be a good mayor. He has a huge challenge.

thoga
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thoga 12/09/09 - 04:00 pm
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as long as Atlanta or any

as long as Atlanta or any other city or town has that "just hanging out" mentality you will have problems. I saw this first hand during the Thanksgiving weekend--it was unreal how downtown Atlanta looked on that Saturday afternoon. It was sad.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 12/09/09 - 04:10 pm
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The Cenennial Park right in

The Cenennial Park right in the middle fo downtown Atlanta is another tremendous waste of space. I was in Atlanta a couple of months ago,and while my wife atternded a meeting, a couple of us went for a walk downtown, and the Park was virtually deserted.

justus4
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justus4 12/09/09 - 04:25 pm
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Here is an example of U know
Unpublished

Here is an example of U know what: "...extends a decade-long line of black mayors in the mostly black city." Well, lets try that intro for ALL American Governors (except VA) where it would read something like, "extends a two hundred forty year long line of non-minority citizens being elected governor" or a two hundred year long line of NO minority US Senators ANYWHERE. Of course those facts are always avoided, but placed in an article about a minority mayor being elected. Here's the question: Why?

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55 F-100 12/09/09 - 05:52 pm
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Stay on topic, justus, you

Stay on topic, justus, you went from the mayor of Atlanta to the governors of other states. Reed will be as corrupt and inept as his predecessors. Same song, different verse, Cuz.

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tnjsw 12/09/09 - 09:37 pm
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Where do you get you figures

Where do you get you figures "Richmond county resident" Why should we believe you spouting out the unproven figures. How do you know this to be true. You must watch MSNBC. They never lie.

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 12/09/09 - 11:11 pm
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franky if i was mrs norwoood

franky if i was mrs norwoood i would not want to run..if she does win, which she probably want. she needs to be scared for her life..working up there with them bunch of idiots..all i can say is she is a brave woman.may god continue to bless her..you know black people only vote on skin color because thats all they know how to do..it does not matter how much you know, or how much you don't know its the skin color for them retards......heck you could be the dumbest person in the world and still get all there votes...

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AWyld1 12/10/09 - 10:30 pm
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Because blacks only make up

Because blacks only make up 13% of the population. A black man was elected president. I would venture to say more white people voted for him than blacks. Justus and his usual "it's da white man after the po ole black peeples" it's tired and repetitive!

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