Norwood flirting with magic majority

One moment Mary Norwood was above the magic 50 percent treshold to become the next mayor of Atlanta, the next she’s merely close.

With Fulton County reporting results from 31 precincts, or 19.25 percent of the total, Norwood is at 47 percent, compared to about 36 percent for Kasim Reed. Moments ago, however, when it was 15 precincts, Norwood was above 50 percent.

But, we’re being told that none of those results have come from southwest Atlanta, Reed’s strong hold. That’s good news for Reed, but also bad news for Lisa Borders, who is holding on with 14 percent in the Fulton County precincts.

Likewise, Norwood’s campaign aides are saying the results are all over the place. They are under-performing against expectations in some areas, over-performing in others.

Still a long way to go, but Norwood is inching close to outright victory and Reed is her nearest competitor.

21 comments Add your comment

Pierce Randall

November 3rd, 2009
9:51 pm

So I don’t think the AJC is necessarily unbalanced in its reporting, but why intentionally spin headlines? Another way to read these statistics are that Lisa Borders plus Kasim Reed combined have over 50% of the vote, making a non-runoff impossible at that level. We’re looking at the same numbers pass back-and-forth over the same line; why do these reports feel compelled to tell us from what perspective it watches?


November 3rd, 2009
9:52 pm

Come on Reid.

Jim Galloway

November 3rd, 2009
9:59 pm

Pierce, I’m not sure I follow. What intentional spin? The headline was meant to reflect that she was over 50 percent then back under. Which, to me, anyway, means she’s flirting with it! No spin intended. — Aaron Gould Sheinin


November 3rd, 2009
10:00 pm

Joshua you are obviously a typical you know what. You don’t even know how to spell his name right? Gee I wonder if you voted for him for the color of his skin? Typical.

[...] — Norwood: 47 percent. Reed: 35 percent. Borders: 14 percent. According to the AJC, “Norwood flirting with magic majority.” Ooh la [...]


November 3rd, 2009
10:06 pm

In other words, the headline could read, “Reed & Borders Flirt with Runoff.” The numbers as they stood at the time of the headline would require a runoff.


November 3rd, 2009
10:10 pm

If that’s a spin headline, I’m a Chinese Aviator.


November 3rd, 2009
10:10 pm

I don’t see it.

Charles H

November 3rd, 2009
10:11 pm

What spin?
Those are just the facts. Be they Reid’s numbers, Borders’, or Norwood’s.

That is not spin.

The Political Rock

November 3rd, 2009
10:15 pm

Man, I think you all are reading a little much into this. I mean, I have never been a real fan of the AJC and honestly am hoping that KR pulls it out, but come out, the headline is a real headline, which is supposed to draw readers which it did.


November 3rd, 2009
10:18 pm


November 3rd, 2009
10:18 pm

This election could be won or lost on police response to theft, assault and murders. I wonder if the city thought about that before furloughing the police?


November 3rd, 2009
10:22 pm

Ya’ll are biased for not mentioning that Jesse Spikes failed to attract 98% of the preliminary vote. For shame!


November 3rd, 2009
10:23 pm

What we are witnessing in tonight’s election – and not just in ATL – is Obama voter smugness and apathy. The voters who put our current president in office (everyone knows the Pelosi Democrats are running things – Obama is just a sock puppet teleprompter reader). Those who voted for Obama are sitting at home thinking local, regional, and state elections (see: Virginia governorship) are not important.

Many Obama voters I know aren’t even keeping up with politics these days other than the ubiquitous headline grabbing health care issue. Other than that, they have no clue what’s going on. Well Democrats, you’d better start paying attention, because just ask quickly as you snatched power away from Republicans, that pendulum is starting to lean back the other way. Locally now, to be sure. But the winds of change are on 2010, which will lead to an uncharted course in 2012.


November 3rd, 2009
10:28 pm

We need more candidates named “Bubba”


November 3rd, 2009
10:30 pm

It could just read “Atlantans ensured continued poor governance.” Does it seriously matter?


November 3rd, 2009
10:31 pm

Steve you are an idiot, and that ignorant subliminally racist post should be deleted.

Black Gold

November 3rd, 2009
10:32 pm

I was hoping for once that race would not be a part of the discussion. Unfortunately, when I read thru the postings; SOME of you have interjected it. I just want what’s best for Atlanta. May the best candidate win. Whomever wins needs to be held accountable.


November 3rd, 2009
10:35 pm

Pierce, judging by your torture of the English language, writing *anything* should be off-limits to you.


November 3rd, 2009
10:37 pm

I work at the same place as Pierce and he got called out today on something stupid. Don’t worry, he’s just venting his frustration on y’all.

Bill Campbell

November 3rd, 2009
10:45 pm

Calm down, friends, and let the political process run its course.