Wednesday, November 6, 2013

CL's 2013 Atlanta election live blog

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Follow CL's coverage about election results, controversies, victory party gossip, and other nonsense. To view unofficial election results, head here and click refresh to your heart's delight.

10:55 A.M.: We've just posted a fresh post that breaks down yesterday's election results. To recap: Mayor Kasim Reed glided to an easy win, Andre Dickens and Mary Norwood won citywide Council posts, and multiple APS board races will be headed to a runoff.

1:15 a.m.: With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Fulton reports Andre Dickens has defeated H. Lamar Willis for Post 3 At-Large. Mary Norwood has won back her Post 2 At-Large post over Aaron Watson.

12:48 a.m.: Councilman Watson and company have been booted from Park Tavern, Thomas tells me, and they're digging in for the long haul.

12:37 a.m.: Dickens gives a heartfelt soapbox to supporters and thanks just about everyone left at Manuel's. "If this win goes through," he says. "This will be a statement about honesty and integrity." Shout outs go to his family, the Franklin's, Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, state Rep. Vincent Fort, and others.

12:16 a.m.: Torry Lewis graciously concedes District 4's Council race to incumbent Cleta Winslow.

11:52 p.m: With nearly 80 percent of precincts reporting, Mary Norwood and Andre Dickens are each winning by 51-48 percent margins.

11:40 p.m.: Spotted at the Hyatt Regency for the Mayor's event: Young Jeezy!

Young Jeezy chills with Kasim

11:34 p.m.: Mary Norwood's supporters are falling asleep as it gets late in the evening.

11:25 p.m.: Mayor Kasim Reed grins from cheek-to-cheek following his celebratory speech.

The mayor walks offstage after his victory speech
  • Joeff Davis
  • The mayor walks offstage after his victory speech

11:23 p.m. Here's where we're at with 68 percent of precincts reporting.

11:18 p.m.:Mayor Kasim Reed, after winning a second term at City Hall, thanks supporters. "I'm so happy I don't know what to do," says the mayor, who was introduced by former Mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and his brother, Tracey Reed.

11:13 p.m.: Manuel's Tavern just erupted when 11 Alive showed Dickens with a 4 percent lead over Willis at the moment. It's certainly getting rowdier by the drink.

11:04 p.m.: Has anybody seen or heard from H. Lamar Willis tonight? Reply in comments if you have!

10:59 p.m.: If Mary Norwood looks hard enough at the numbers, she might be able to predict the outcome of her race. Because we can't!

Mary Norwood looks at poll numbers with supporters.

10:57 p.m.: Andre Dickens poses for a quick photo-op as he watches the precincts report.

10:49 p.m.: Back over at Councilman Aaron Watson's event, the incumbent simply tells CL: "Things are going great.

Councilman Aaron Watson and friends

10:45 p.m.: Sure, only about 20 percent of the precincts are reporting. But that's what you call a close race.

Whos the write-in for?

10:40 p.m.: A quick snapshot of the Atlanta Public School board races: District 1 candidates Leslie Grant and Brenda Muhammad are deadlocked. Nancy Meister's comfortably ahead in District 4. Districts 5 and 6 are tight. Reuben McDaniel is up over Cynthia Briscoe Brown for District 8 and Lori James and Jason Esteves are nearly tied in District 9.

10:27 p.m.: The AJC's Katie Leslie sums up the two Council races right now in a single tweet:


10:20 p.m. I chatted Andre Dickens a few minutes ago, who's been out campaigning all day in perhaps the closest Council race thus far. Here's his gut reaction about the past few months:

"I feel like I've had two campaigns. One is the campaign to introduce Atlanta to Andre Dickens to galvanize supporters, volunteers, and money. All that was an education for me. So there was a campaign to educate Andre. And then there was a whole other campaign to make sure that people were educated about the incumbent for 12 years, which was H. Lamar Willis. That part of the campaign has its positives and negatives. It was positive in that we did everything we could to make sure people knew who was representing them. But at the same time, that's so unlike me. I want to heal more than hurt."

Meanwhile, state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, just walked through the doors, proudly wearing his Georgia peach sticker. Here's grabbing a drink right now and we'll catch up with him shortly.

10:13 p.m."[Kasim Reed] is doing what he's doing for his time and I did what I needed to do in my time." - Former Mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andy Young, at the Hyatt Regency, when asked by CL's Joeff Davis to compare Reed's administration to his.

10:05 p.m. Mary Norwood poses for a photo with Better Morris at her campaign event. "I've been with her for 8 years. She took care of me, she saved my apartment," Morris says. "That woman sent me $500 in cash because I had no job, no money. She can go from Simpson Road to Buckhead and nobody's going to mess with her. She is fearless."

The Post 2 At-Large candidate's race with incumbent Aaron Watson is neck and neck right now. With a little more than a third of precincts reporting, she's up slightly with a 51.2-48.7 percent margin. This one's going to be down to the wire.

9:53 p.m.: We're told that the possible guests (and perhaps supporters) that might show at Andre Dickens' event: City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Councilman Kwanza Hall. Former mayor Shirley Franklin, one of the candidates biggest supporters, is out of the state at the University of Texas. - MB

9:52 p.m. Joeff sends along a few snapshots from Mayor Kasim Reed's victory party at the Hyatt Regency. A patient media waits to hear from the mayor, there's a reason why no one gets hammered at campaign parties, and be sure to get your photo taken. - TW

Joeff Davis
  • Joeff Davis

9:44 p.m.: Less than two hours after Atlanta's polls closed, the Associated Press calls the mayoral race. Kasim Reed wins his second term as the city's hizzoner.

9:40 p.m. Derrick Ward plays trumpet just before 9 p.m. across the street from the Hyatt Regency in Downtown, where Kasim Reed is expected to claim a second and final term as Atlanta mayor. Ward, a native Atlantan, told CL's Joeff Davis that he didn't vote today because he was out of town. He thinks there has been little change in the city since Reed took office in 2010. In his eyes, Maynard Jackson was the city's best mayor. - TW

9:29 p.m.:

9:28 p.m.: Atlanta votes are finally starting to get counted. It appears that Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell is skating to a second term. Incumbent Aaron Watson leads Mary Norwood in the Post 2-At Large race. It's early, however. And with 11 percent of precincts reporting, Andre Dickens is trailing incumbent H. Lamar Willis by less than 50 votes.

9:26 p.m.: While headed to Mary Norwood's campaign event, Dustin Chambers stopped by mayoral candidate Al Bartell's jazz and hip-hop party. He's down big right now in the race, but he's playing it cool.

Al Bartell and friends

9:14 p.m. Dickens arrived to a now-bustling Manuel's filled with friends, supporters, and family as well as red, white, and blue balloons. I'll chat with the candidate briefly, but he feels confident so far tonight in the early going.

8:59 p.m. Drawings of Kasim Reed seem to be for the taking sitting on a table at the entrance to the event. Shortly after this picture was taken a woman gathered all of these and walked away. When asked if they were free she said, "I think so," and kept on walking.

8:58 p.m. As WSB-TV reporter Lori Geary points out, things are getting weird started at Mayor Kasim Reed's campaign event. Nearly a dozen people have started to do the "Cha Cha Slide":


8:53 p.m.: In case you missed it earlier today, here's a handy list of where many of the candidates are holding their campaign parties. And here's a quick recap of the Candler Park ballot issues that troubled election officials earlier today. - MB

8:47 p.m. And we, and I mean me, have just arrived at Park Tavern, where Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson is holding his campaign party. There are probably around 40 people in attendance, including some media. Blue and gold balloons decorate the room. The back window looks over Piedmont Park, where people are probably doing scandalous things this late at night, and a view of the city skyline. On the buffet: egg rolls and what appears to be some kind of bean dip. Jackson Five is playing soft enough that you can have a conversation with the others in attendance. We're gonna steal whatever's not nailed down get a little settled in. More to come. - TW

The carpet really brings the room together

8:37 p.m. I just arrived at Manuel's Tavern, where Council Post 3 At-Large Candidate Andre Dickens will soon be watching the election results. There's only a few supporters here so far - in additional to the usual politicos. Dickens' campaign is expected here around 9 p.m.

8:15 p.m.: Mayor Kasim Reed just finished up a hard day's worth of campaigning. His last stop was at West Manor. From his Twitter:

8:10 p.m.: Alex Wan poses for Dustin Chambers with his parents by his side. Possible Christmas card photo? - MB

Behold, the Wan family portrait

8:06 p.m. Dustin Chambers is checking out the scene at Councilman Alex Wan's election fiesta, which is being held at The Colonnade. Around 40 supporters are currently enjoying a medley of fried chicken, deviled eggs, meatballs, and a fruit and cheese plate. Who can argue with that? -MB

Councilman Alex Wan chats with supporters

Deviled eggs!

Wans bash kicks off in style

7:38 p.m.: Glenn Wrightson, one of Mayor Kasim Reed's three underdog opponents, is making a last-minute push for votes. He was just cruising down Boulevard in his campaign chariot, which boasts a massive sign atop its roof. Here's a quick shot from my car. - MB

7:30 p.m.: Polling locations across the city - well, except one in Midtown - are set to close at 8 p.m. Hopefully by now you've cast a ballot and will now turn your attention to see which mayoral, council, and board of education candidates can claim victory. Or concede defeat. Or simply realize he or she has been forced into a runoff.

An army of CL staffers will fan out across the city to keep tabs on the results and stake out various election night events. Follow along early and often as we post updates about the incoming results, report on any lingering poll controversies, capture photos from the various campaign soirees, and discuss anything else we encounter. We'll also have a full recap in the morning.

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