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Atlanta election day updates — Bottoms, Norwood to mayoral runoff

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Atlantans are voting on at least 21 offices today. Check here for updates.

12:40 a.m.

More results come in, totals in all races are on Fulton County’s site and DeKalb County’s site.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Bottoms has 27 percent of Atlanta’s mayoral vote; Norwood has 21 percent.

They’ll head to a runoff on Dec. 5.

The Atlanta City Council president race looks like a runoff between Felicia Moore and Alex Wan, with each of them taking more than one-third of the vote.

And three Council districts look like runoffs with:

District 4: Jason Dozier and incumbent Cleta Winslow

District 9: Kwame Abernathy and Dustin Hillis

District 11: Harold Hardnett and Marci Overstreet

Council winners in one round of voting are:

Michael Julian Bond (i), Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens (i), Carla Smith (i), Amir Farokhi, Natalyn Archibong (i), Ivory Lee Young Jr. (i), J.P. Matzigkeit, Andrea Boone and Joyce Sheperd (i).

Jennifer Ide and Howard Shook (i) are leading their Council races, with about two-thirds of the vote counted.

12:10 a.m., Nov. 8

Mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms, introduced by Mayor Kasim Reed, thanks her supporters and says under her leadership, the city will continue to be a place of first, second and third chances.

Mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms thanks her supporters early on Wednesday morning.

With 73 percent of precincts reporting, Bottoms has 29 percent of Atlanta’s vote and Norwood has 21 percent.

11:50 p.m.

Vote counting is done in some Atlanta City Council races.

Incumbent Councilwomen Carla Smith and Joyce Sheperd win without runoffs

11:20 p.m.

Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood said she thanks Fulton County for taking the time to count ballots carefully, even if it takes a while.

She had about 21 percent of the vote when about 21 percent of precincts had reported. She said she expected to be in the runoff.

Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood addresses her supporters on Tuesday night.

Earlier in the evening, when only 2 percent of precincts had reported, mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell told his supporters the night is young.

Ceasar and Tiffany Mitchell address his supporters on Tuesday night.

8 p.m.

Polls are closed and folks start to trickle in to watch parties.

Supporters of mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms

Peter Aman, mayoral candidate

2 p.m. (though we didn’t hear about it until later)

Mayoral candidate Vincent Fort spent the day without one of his top campaign aides, as Tim Franzen was arrested near Fort’s campaign headquarters.

Fort was quoted as saying the arrest reeked of politics.

Atlanta police sent this statement:

10 a.m.

Fulton County’s election director said he expected 40,000 to 60,000 voters.

About 40,000 people have already cast early ballots.

Elections Director Richard Barron

7 a.m.

Atlanta polls opened and soon candidates and others started tweeting about casting ballots. Vincent Fort was at the polls early.

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Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.


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