In a surprise victory for Democrats, Keisha Lance Bottoms has defeated Mary Norwood by a razor thin 759-vote margin to become the next mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
While both candidates supposedly espouse progressive policies, Norwood is an independent with many troubling links to the Republican Party.
For example, Norwood’s financial disclosures include:
- $38,693.88in expenditures to Critical Point Consulting, a firm owned by a former employee of GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
- $49,333.40to a consulting firm (Campaign Consulting Group, LLC.) owned, operated, and patronized by the Republican Party and its candidates.
- $50,783to GOP consultant with former ties to a Super PAC created by Newt Gingrich.
Norwood also refused to back Democrat Jon Ossoff over Republican candidate Karen Handel in the heavily promoted special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
Despite the nonpartisan label, Atlanta voters were clearly able to distinguish between the true Democrat and Republican in this race.
Notable politicians such as Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), as well as rappers Killer Mike and T.I. gave Bottoms their endorsements in the days leading up to the election.
In another notable race in Georgia’s 6th Senate District, Democrat Jen Jordan won 63 to 37 percent tonight. This victory has huge implications for the Democratic Party moving forward.
The seat had been vacated by Republican Hunter Hill leading up to this election. With Jordan’s win, Republicans have lost their supermajority in the State Senate.
— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) December 6, 2017
Tonight’s victories in Georgia are only the latest in a wave of Democratic success stories. On November 7th, in what is being viewed as a clear referendum on a flailing Trump administration, Democrats unseated Republicans in a vast number of what were thought to be unwinnable races. Aside from winning New Jersey and Virginia’s gubernatorial races, Democrats picked up a staggering 15 seats in Virginia’s House of Delegates, giving them control of 49 seats out of 100 so far. Several races for the House of Delegates are still considered too close to call.
Democrats have also picked up a slew of other seats in smaller races around the country.
Since the beginning of 2017, Democrats flipped 14 seats in special elections. Republicans have flipped zero. Even in solidly red districts, such as those in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Kansas, Democrats have overperformed Trump’s numbers by double digits.
As the Trump administration and its Republican enablers in Congress continue their assault on the will of the American people, voters across the country are delivering a serious message to the White House, one race at a time.