With one week to go in the Atlanta mayoral race runoff, there’s still plenty of time for developments. Early voting starts today and turnout could end up being a big factor. The last mayoral runoff, in 2009 between Kasim Reed and current candidate Mary Norwood, was decided by 850 votes, out of a total of more than 77,000.
The election this year garnered more than 96,000 votes, with Bottoms getting just over 25,000 and Norwood just over 20,000. It is likely to a close race again this year and candidates will be focused this week on getting out their supporters. Part of this effort may involve support from their recent endorsements, including those of their former rivals in the mayor’s race. City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who finished sixth in the election, endorsed Norwood last week.