Kasim Reed Appears To Be Mayor Elect

It appears that Kasim Reed has defeated Mary Norwood, but 1,300 votes separate him and Mary Norwood according to the AJC’s website.

Given that I’m trying to cover this from a Holiday Inn in Orlando, as well as juggle some other minor news coming from the GA House while remaining gainfully employed, I have no idea if this vote is final, if there are absentees, etc.

Thus, preliminary congrats to Kasim Reed. I hope whomever is left in the GA Legislature come January will remember the cordial working relationships they had with Senator Reed, and that Mayor Reed continues to be able to effectively state his case with the State leadership.

14 comments

  1. AubieTurtle says:

    From what I’ve heard, early voting and absentee are not part of the total. WXIA seems to be getting numbers before everyone else and have the lead narrowing as those votes are counted but it doesn’t appear that it will be enough. No balloons are dropping yet.

  2. Silent Outrage says:

    Apparently there are still early votes, absentee votes, and advanced votes still to be counted…

    Mary Norwood can chalk this shortcoming to how she completely mishandled being labled a Republican. Instead of pivoting on the issue and highlighting the shortcomings of the current regime at City Hall and its selected successor Kasim “Corruption” Reed, Mary decided to go on the attack against Republicans.

    Her campaign “took the bait” and they went off message. What she should have done was to have said, “Like most people in Atlanta, I have voted for Democrats and Republicans – I vote for the person, not the party, because the challenges facing Atlanta aren’t Republican problems or Democrat problems – they are problems we all face – together…” and then pivot back to her message of competency and reigning in a broken government…

    Had she done something like that, she very well may have won outright the first time around…

    • AubieTurtle says:

      If the numbers on WXIA are correct and it is true that Republicans are more likely to make up the early, advanced, and absentee votes, it appears you are correct as she is gaining on Reed while those ballots are being counted but not by very much.

      I don’t know about the other half though… she tried really hard to be viewed as the outsider but that’s pretty hard to accomplish after being on the city council for eight years. Even if she was marginalized the whole time, the outsider label just can’t stick very well to someone who has been inside for eight years.

  3. Progressive Dem says:

    I hope there is a good reason to stop counting tonight. Didn’t Fulton County pull this same game before?

    • AubieTurtle says:

      From the article on WXIA it sounds like only provisional ballots are left to count, which I would guess wouldn’t be more than a couple hundred. Since provisional ballots have to be verified as being valid, there is likely a procedure that has to be followed for them that is time consuming. That is all of course just a guess on my part.

  4. Melb says:

    Kasim Reed declaring himself the winner before the votes are finished being counted is just another example of his arrogant attitude. If KR is Mayor, I feel bad for Atlanta.

  5. Georgia Politico says:

    In other news, the state Democratic Party lost another seat in the Georgia House.

    Independent E. Culver “Rusty” Kidd defeated Democrat Darrell Black in the special election run-off to fill the unexpired term of former state Representative Bobby Parham (D – Milledgeville).

    There are now 105 Republicans, 74 Democrats and 1 Independent in the state House.

  6. TheCommonMan says:

    Kasim Reed is a socialist, who has no respect for Georgia or our history, as seen in his debacle with the flag in 2003. Reed continuously puts his views and desires over those of the people, which is why he is unfit to be mayor of Atlanta.

  7. Game Fan says:

    Whatever happens let’s hope there’s some actual accountability and no “statistical improbabilities” with the vote count, but as a Paulista I have to say that this is one of the many areas where only the sheeple have blind faith in the ability of government officials to do an honest job which is up to standards, without any shady shenanigans.

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