UPDATE, 1:27 a.m.: Oh, hi there! Thomas here, still wide awake and trying to sift through the unreliable election results! Kasim Reed has claimed victory. Mary Norwood, as we said earlier, thinks the race is still too close and not conceded defeat. Approximately 750 votes separate the two candidates, which means a recount is likely. We'll have much more tomorrow in about seven hours. Until then, sleep well!
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: If Mary Norwood's going to bed, then so am I. No more news tonight, folks. In fact, it looks like we're in RECOUNT territory. It might be days before we have a new mayor. Hello 2000!
UPDATE, 11:43 p.m.: Um, maybe "SOON" was an overstatement. Apparently, we'll have a new mayor at some point more likely later than sooner. AJC reports, "Counting stops for now, recount likely."
UPDATE, 11:38 p.m.: As of now, only 758 votes separate Reed and Norwood with 100 percent of precincts reporting (but absentee ballots are still being counted). 11alive reported a few minutes back that there are as many as 6,000 absentee ballots being tallied. Updates and, hopefully, final results will be available SOON.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: From Scott Henry, at the Kasim Reed party at the Hyatt:
Okay, I just got word. We've been waiting around for a half an hour. Everyone at Kasim's headquarters seems to think he won. But apparently they're concerned about nine different precincts where the returns are fuzzy. In other words, they are not satisfied with the results. Pretty weird. Pretty wacky.
UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: 11alive reports that county officials are still tallying absentee ballots and should have a final count in 10 minutes. Stay tuned!!!
UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.: Updated results from the Fulton elections site, with Reed still on top:
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: Thomas Wheatley captures Norwood on video moments ago, saying the race is "too close to call" and "we are not going to know for hours." Check it out:
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: According to the Fulton County elections website, REED IS THE WINNER with 50.53 percent of the vote, 100 percent of precincts reporting. But are the results final??? What's up with the 105.59 percent of precincts reporting in the Post 2 At-Large race? Jeez.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Here's the latest ...
MAYOR Reed's holding tight to a slender lead: 51 percent to Norwood's 49, with 90 percent of precincts reporting.
CITY COUNCIL PREZ Looks like Caesar Mitchell is maintaining a super-healthy lead over Clair Muller: 56 percent to her 44 percent
CITY COUNCIL POST 2 AT-LARGE Aaron Watson is leading Amir Farokhi by a good bit, 55 percent over Farohki's 45
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6 Alex Wan is the clear winner, with 59 percent of the vote to Liz Coyle's 41 percent, 93 percent of precincts reporting.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: Reed's creeping back up in the mayor's race: 52 percent of the vote, with 80 percent of precincts reporting. In the race to be City Council prez, Ceasar Mitchell's leading Clair Muller, 57 to 43 percent. The math is all screwy on Fulton's election site (which now includes DeKalb numbers, which are final), so I'm doing manual calculations. I'll have the Post 2 At-Large and District 6 results shortly.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: I've just compiled numbers (adding Fulton and DeKalb precinct tallies) that differ slightly from 11alive's report on the mayor's race. Also with 76 percent reporting, I've got Reed with 51 percent, Norwood with 49.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: 11alive has Kasim leading Mary by just a couple hundred votes, with percentage indeed locked at 50-50 with 76 percent of precincts reporting. It might be a long night ...
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Fulton County's election results page has crashed. Bastards!
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: AJC reports "Norwood making gains on Reed's lead." According to Thomas Wheatley:
11alive shows candidates at 50-50 and an audible gasp fills the Varsity.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Over at Team Mary, Thomas has some important news: "Vernon's in the house!"
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: According to my esteemed colleague Scott Henry, who's rubbing shoulders literally at the Hyatt downtown where Kasim Reed is partying:
It's crazy, but there's not that much to report. Hold on, I can't even hear myself. I'll say this: At Kasim's place, the ballroom is completely filled. Can you hear me? It's shoulder-to-shoulder almost. Everyone's just kind of haning out. In the Kasim ballroom, State Sen. Nan Orrock is on the stage and man does she have a piercing voice. Anyway, people are just killing time until they get some more information.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: So says Thomas Wheatley:
I'm sitting behind the podium at Norwood's get together. There's a cute little block where the candidate stands when she addresses the crowd. Lots of confusion about the numbers 11 Alive is reporting. The station tweeted earlier that it dispatched staffers and volunteers to gather election results from each precinct. (According to one tweet, precincts are required to post results to their door. Those are the numbers the station's reporting.) Since folks have learned that, there's a little concern that several precincts will put Kasim Reed's numbers above Mary Norwood's. But spirits are still high at the Varsity.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: In the mayor's race, with 40.5 percent of all precincts (Fulton and DeKalb) reporting, I've still got Reed at 56 percent and Norwood at 44.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: From our comrade, Thomas Wheatley:
Much like last time, the scene at mayoral candidate Mary Norwood's Varsity soiree is a diverse mix of black and white, the Buckhead Bettys mingling with Grady babies. Norwood's used her ability to bring people together as the centerpiece of her campaign. It's shown tonight. Somewhat baffling: TV news is reporting as many as 60 percent of precincts reporting. But Fulton County is only showing 21 percent of the precincts. Damn TV people. Why you gotta confuse us? Former CL Senior Editor John Sugg is milling about. Grant Park community activist and businessman Paul Zucca (who also served on Norwood's campaign) can also be seen shaking hands. The candidate's scheduled to make another appearance in about fifteen minutes.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Now with a third of Fulton's precincts reporting in the mayor's race, Reed's holding on strong to his lead: 56 percent to Norwood's 44 percent. Of course, there are some key precincts in Mary-land that haven't yet been tallied. Then there's DeKalb ...
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: With 50 percent of precincts reporting in state House District 58 (covering East Atlanta, Ormewood Park, Grant Park, Reynoldstown, Edgewood and Cabbagetown), community activist Simone Bell has 56 percent of the vote to lawyer Asha Jackson's 44 percent.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Here's a rundown of some of the results from Fulton County, with 16 percent of precincts reporting ...
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Mayor Shirley Franklin will be providing her successor with a "modestly equipped" office at City Hall, one that is "is fully functional with the basic needs to conduct business." Oh, the perks of political power.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: According to Insider Advantage, turnout for the mayoral runoff has been strong really strong:
[T]urnout in many sections of the city will exceed the turnout in the general election held four weeks ago.
Turnout in the heavily white northern portions of the city appear to be heavier than on the predominantly African-American south side. Yet even on the south side, turnout looks heavier than last month, especially in Districts 10 and 11, which are likely to go strongly for Kasim Reed, who is black.Turnout is reportedly weaker in Districts 2,3 and 4, which are predominantly African American and went heavily for Reed in November.
InsiderAdvantage, which surveys races throughout the nation, showed the race a 46%-to-46% dead heat between Reed and his opponent Mary Norwood, who is white.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Of the first 131 votes counted in the mayor's race, Kasim Reed grabbed 104. Meanwhile, Thomas Wheatley, hanging out at challenger Mary Norwood's shindig at the Varsity, captured this shocking video:
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: When is DeKalb gonna get with it and start providing election results that people can actually follow? Downloading a PDF every 10 minutes is asking a bit much. Unfortunately, DeKalb results can't be ignored. Just ask Liz Coyle.
The polls are closed. The campaigning is finally (mercifully) over. The countdown to determine Atlanta's next mayor, City Council prez and two key Council members is underway. Let the election drinking games begin!
As promised, CL news staffers Scott Henry and Thomas Wheatley are braving the anguished crowds gathered at several candidates' victory (or misery) parties to bring you insightful dispatches, shocking photos, riveting video and (according to Henry) all-around "arousing" coverage. O-tay!
We also will be watching the returns and posting rapid-fire updates to keep you, dear reader, in the loop.
Stay tuned ...
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