December 3, 2009

Atlanta divisions mapped

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubikcan @ 9:51 am

From the AJC regarding the Mayoral run-off, which pitted 2 well known candidates against each other, Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed. Very clearly shows the structure of the city (roll over the map at the AJC to get voting for each district).

According to the AJC, race played a big part of the election (Norwood, a white woman, Reed, a black man):

Tuesday’s election shows votes were cast sharply along racial lines, splitting the city into the white north side and the black south side even more clearly than in the general election Nov. 3. This pattern appears to have crossed class lines, with voters in wealthier and poorer sections all voting for the candidate who shared their skin color.

Reed appears to have won a thin victory because of an intense get-out-the-vote effort in black areas, as well as his ability to gain the support of many voters who previously backed City Council President Lisa Borders, who is also black. After coming in third in the general election, Borders endorsed Reed.

I would at least like to think this was not deterministic and that other factors played a role, but the election does unusually crystallize some of these issues (this was a run-off with only two people whereas the original mayoral election featured a number of candidates).


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