ATLANTA - Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms stopped by Good Day Atlanta Wednesday morning after declaring herself the winner of the runoff.
Bottoms declared victory just minutes into early Wednesday morning, going on stage at her campaign party at the same time as her opponent, Mary Norwood, spoke to her supporters.
"We knew it would be close," Bottoms told Good Day Atlanta's Buck Lanford. "We knew that every single vote would matter."
Bottoms was running on about one hour of sleep when she stopped by FOX 5 Wednesday.
"After I sleep, we'll start refocusing on the transition," she said.
Norwood trails behind Bottoms by just 759 votes after Tuesday's election and has requested a recount because of the close margin. She said absentee ballots from military members have yet to figure in the totals and she believes some ballots have yet to be tabulated.
"I don't expect there will be any change following the recount," Bottoms said.
A win for Bottoms would continue a run for African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s. Her victory also would continue the Democratic Party's hold on an office it has held without interruption since 1879.
"Atlanta is one city, and it’s just about moving forward and making sure we’re all working in the same direction," said Bottoms.