Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms talks with CBS46 News

Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms talks with CBS46 News

Because neither of them had the majority of the vote, under Atlanta's rules, the top two candidates then entered a runoff election, running a much tighter and more heated race than the general election, which saw a candidate field of 11 candidates. It is said that Norwood would be asking for a recount, but Bottoms already seems to be settling into her new role as Mayor-Elect, spending the morning after her victory, being interviewed by local news stations, ignoring all of the salty, white tears.

The margin is razor-thin, with several hundred votes separating Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. In 2009, Norwood barely lost the mayoral race to Mayor Kasim Reed.

"It's not over yet", Norwood said.

Though the race has yet to be officially called, Bottoms spoke early Wednesday at an Atlanta hotel with Reed by her side, telling supporters, "I'm so honored to be your 60th mayor".

Bottoms, a Democrat, squared off against Norwood, an independent, in the nonpartisan runoff to succeed Reed, who is term limited from seeking re-election.

Both candidates are members of Atlanta's city council.

A win for Bottoms would continue a run for African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s.

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A win for 65-year-old Norwood would give Atlanta its first-ever white female mayor and end the Democratic Party's hold on the office since 1879.

Norwood has requested a recount in the latest contest because of the close margin.

Political analysts have said African-American voters will ultimately determine the outcome, but numerous city's most formidable challenges transcend race.

"We knew it would be close", Bottoms told Good Day Atlanta's Buck Lanford.

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

James Parson, a 49-year-old black man who also lives in Bottoms' district, said he appreciates how Norwood has made herself available to constituents all over the city as an at-large council member. The city hasn't had a female mayor since 2010.

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