Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood maintains her lead in a crowded field of candidates hoping to be the city's next mayor.

Poll: Mary Norwood still on top in Atlanta mayoral race

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood leads a field of more than 10 candidates hoping to succeed Kasim Reed as the city’s next mayor, according to a new poll.

Norwood has the backing of 27 percent of voters in a poll conducted by WXIA Channel 11 and SurveyUSA. She is followed by Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who has 10 percent support, while city councilmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms and Kwanza Hall have received 9 percent each.

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A new poll shows Mary Norwood with a double digit lead over her 11 mayoral opponents and some are again speculating that Atlanta could soon see a white mayor after a 44-year drought. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)

About 10 percent of voters are undecided. The poll, only the second public survey of the campaign so far, interviewed 1,085 adults in the city of Atlanta between July 11 and July 18. Of those, 961 were registered to vote.

Mary Norwood's lead is more than twice her nearest competitor's.

“Norwood's support is disproportionately older; she gets 38 percent of the vote among seniors,” WXIA/SurveyUSA said. “Among the city's youngest voters, Norwood and Hall tie.”

Norwood’s numbers are similar to those from a poll released in March by 

Landmark Rosetta Stone for Channel 2 Action News. In that poll, Norwood received 28.6 percent of voter support, followed by state Sen. Vincent Fort at 9.3 percent.

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell received 10 percent of voter support in the poll. 
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In the WXIA poll, Fort’s support is at 8 percent, good enough for fifth place. Peter Aman, the city’s former chief operating officer earlier in Reed’s administration, had the backing of 6 percent of voters.

A spokewoman for Aman said her candidate’s message of “advancing Atlanta together” is resonating with voters. Aman, who is making his first run for office, had 1.8 percent support in the March poll. 

Atlanta mayoral candidate Peter Aman, the former COO for Mayor Kasim Reed, has 6 percent support. 

“Peter Aman gained a whopping 4.2 points in just a few months,” the spokeswoman said. “This is some serious momentum.”

Former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard is at 6 percent, Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves is at 4 percent and former Atlanta Workforce Development Agency director is at 1 percent. 

The remaining candidates, which includes Al Bartell, Labien King and Debra Ann Hampton, all failed to gain any support in the poll.    


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