December 1st, 2009
09:52 AM ET
6 years ago

Atlanta mayoral race to be decided Tuesday

Norwood was the leader on Election Day but failed to garner 50 percent of the vote.

Norwood was the leader on Election Day but failed to garner 50 percent of the vote.

(CNN) - Atlanta voters are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide a mayoral race that is in part characterized by its racial overtones.

Mary Norwood, a white city council woman, faces off against former state Sen. Kasim Reed, who is black. Norwood won 46 percent of the vote on November 3, 4 points short of the 50 percent she needed to secure victory outright. Failing to reach that threshold level, Norwood faced the runoff with Reed, who won 36 percent of the vote on Nobember 3.

Should Norwood win Tuesday, she will become the first White mayor of Atlanta since 1973. African Americans make up about 60 percent of the city's population while Whites constitute a little less than 40 percent.

Political observers believe it's unclear who will with the runoff given Tuesday's turnout is expected to be considerably lower than that of Election Day. Polls close at 7 p.m. ET.


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  1. who ever wins, just do a good job

    why it needs to be black / white I hope isn't just a U.S. thing, maybe our inner need to find something to make it more than just a political contest

    get over it

    who ever wins, just represent the people, don't have sex with your interns or put 90,000$ in your freezer, or fly off during business hours to another country.

    It is simple, just do a good job and don't screw the people you work for

    December 1, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Soooo, what? The underlying assumption here is that black people will always vote for black candidates over white candidates? Newsflash: NOT TRUE. This election doesn't have "racial overtones," but the "news" media's coverage of it certainly has "racist overtones." Did it ever occur to CNN or any other "news" outlets that most black people actually vote based on the issues and what's important to them and that most white people do too?

    We can fight amongst ourselves all day long, behaving in a partisan manner over issues and pointing fingers about who is throwing out the "race card" on which side of the aisle. FACT: it's the "news" media more than anyone else....they use the "race card" to drum up controversy to sell us on stories and up their ad revenue.

    December 1, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Silence Dogoode

    Perhaps if people would quit making race an issue, the best candidate will win.

    December 1, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |