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Atlanta Mayoral Race Seen Coming Down to Race

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Atlanta mayoral contenders Keisha Lance Bottoms, left, listens to Mary Norwood speak at the WSB live debate in Atlanta on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Steve Schaefer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 12:05 PM

Atlanta's mayoral race may come down to race.

Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood have been locked in a tough political battle that has torn apart a city traditionally known to have much stronger relationships between its black and white communities, according to NBC News.

Polls show that the two candidates in the runoff in the mayoral election are neck and neck. Norwood is a white Independent with a majority of the white vote while Bottoms, a black Democrat, has a majority of the black vote, NBC News said.

Their campaigns have become nasty ahead of Tuesday's vote, with the focus of their debates smacking of personal jabs.

The Democratic Party of Georgia has labeled Norwood as a far-right conservative and likened her to Donald Trump.

The party launched an online attack on her through a website set up to tell people about the "real" Mary Norwood.

"For years, Mary Norwood has proclaimed herself an "Independent" while relying on the far-right GOP to continue to climb the political ladder," the website read.

"When her Campaign Treasurer is an unabashed Trump supporter, her consultants have ties to the far-right, and her closed-door campaign events are essentially GOP red carpet events, that "independence" talk is tough to buy."

However, former Mayor Shirley Franklin has backed Norwood, saying, "race was not the first issue," The Intercept reported

"Character, transparency, and integrity are the first issues for me," Franklin added.

Meanwhile, Norwood has questioned Bottoms' fitness and temperament, NBC News reported.

The attack, Bottoms said, was portraying her as the racist stereotype of an "angry black woman."

Tensions run high as the city is faced with the possibility of welcoming its first white mayor in nearly half a century and ongoing debates continue to center around race.

Jamal Simmons, a Washington, D.C., political consultant with experience in Atlanta and Georgia politics, said per The New York Times, "If you get a black mayor, Atlanta will stay together. If you get a white mayor, it's going to crumble."

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Atlanta's mayoral race may come down to race. Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood have been locked in a tough political battle that has torn apart a city traditionally known to have much stronger relationships between its black and white communities.
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