Norwood, Reed continue to battle as vote nears 50 percent

We have nearly half of all the votes counted in the race for Atlanta mayor and the trend is solidifying: it’s a two-person race.

Mary Norwood leads Kasim Reed 46 percent to 37 percent with 78 of the 161 Fulton County precincts and three of the nine DeKalb County precincts reporting. Lisa Borders is slipping away at 14 percent. No one else is above 3 percent.

Yet still, according to our colleague Ernie Suggs at the W Hotel downtown, Borders channeled her best Yogi Berra declaring, “It ain’t over til its over,” as polls started to come in showing her in 3rd place, behind Norwood and Reed.

“This has been a journey for my team and my supporters,” Borders said. “We are just beginning to look at the numbers. We are hopeful and prayerful.”

Borders said the early returns are coming from newer and smaller precincts. She is confident that she will surge once the larger more established neighborhoods are counted.

“We hope to have support from all over the city,” Borders said.

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November 3rd, 2009
10:31 pm

I never thought I would live long enough to see a black President of the US or another white mayor of Atlanta. What’s this world coming to?


November 3rd, 2009
10:34 pm

It’s about to be a hell of a November in Atlanta politics!

[...] UPDATE 10:35 p.m. AJC is leaning toward a Norwood-Reed runoff: “The trend is solidifying: it’s a two-person race.” [...]

mmmm, mmmm, mmmmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

November 3rd, 2009
10:38 pm

Borders, take a reality check – it’s over, the fat lady has sung!


November 3rd, 2009
10:38 pm

Hey Lisa,

You apathetic do-nothing, your years of sitting on your ass and collecting a check from the city are coming back to bite you. What did you ever do for ATL? Zero. Here’s where we thank you with our votes…zero.


November 3rd, 2009
10:40 pm

I’ve been voting at the same polling place, Palmer House at 430 Centennial Olympic Park Drive in Atlanta for about seven years. In all that time we’ve always entered the building through a courtyard and voted in the same room, though the doors from the courtyard into the building and hallways sometimes changed. Today however there was a large iron gate that prevented access to the courtyard that leads to the building. Next to the gate was a yard sign indicating that this was indeed the polling place (as it has been for at least seven years). The gate would not open and there was nothing to indicate how to get it open. There were permanent signs on the gate indicating that those wanting in the building should enter at the entrance on the other side of the building. When I walked to the other side of the building all I found was another gate that could not be opened. I walked back to the courtyard gate and started taking photos. Eventually a security guard saw me and buzzed open the gate for me and I was able to get inside and vote.

While I understand that as a residential building there is a need for security, this gate has never been closed for any other election in the past seven years. I have to wonder how many others went to Palmer House today and unable to get in, left without voting. If I hadn’t come back to take photos, I wouldn’t have been able to get in to vote.

I don’t want to deny the residents of Palmer House the ability to feel secure in their homes but if the security needs dictate that such a gate much be closed even on election day, then the polling place should be moved or at the very least a guard posted a the gate itself and only allowed to take breaks when another guard is there to take over.

To make things worse, I tried filling out the complaint form on the Secretary of State’s website and I just get errors when I submit to form! Since I can’t complain to the Secretary of State, who should I contact?

Bill Campbell

November 3rd, 2009
10:42 pm

Wow, this one is really coming down to the wire!

no record to run on

November 3rd, 2009
10:44 pm

Translation: “Is Cousins hiring?”


November 3rd, 2009
10:45 pm

Unfortunatley the voter turn-out in Atlanta was extremely low this election. All I have to say is…if you live in Alanta and did not bother to vote you deserve what you are about to get a taste of.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

November 3rd, 2009
10:47 pm

Call 911. Oh wait- they don’t answer their phone either.


November 3rd, 2009
10:56 pm

If it comes down to a runoff, Mary Norwood can’t win. The black vote is split now, but it will unify against her if the vote comes down to being between Norwood and Reed.

Ron Paul

November 3rd, 2009
10:59 pm

I’d be interesting to see the candidate that Border voters choose in November.

I’m partial to Norwood

Midtown Resident

November 3rd, 2009
11:19 pm

Here’s tomorrow’s headline ‘Norwood v. Reed in Runoff’

Here’s the headline after the runoff ‘Reed is Mayor’

Norwood won’t get many Borders voters. Sorry to kill the suspense.


November 4th, 2009
8:26 am

This is so sad. My white liberal neighbors thought they would be “cool” and vote for Kasim, as it made them look more “urban.” Now they are left with nothing but a collection of “Jesus is Lord (followed by pic of Kasim’s head)” bookmarks and a youtube video of Usher and Ludacris and some big fat man singing about Kasim. Nice. This city should just be flushed down.