Fri., October 30, 2009 2:48pm (EDT)

Atlanta Mayoral Race Nears Finish
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood has said she is an Independent. But her Republican leanings were raised publicly during a debate on GPB. (photo by John Sepulvado)
Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood has said she is an Independent. But her Republican leanings were raised publicly during a debate on GPB. (photo by John Sepulvado)
The race for Atlanta mayor is heading into the home stretch.

One issue raised late in the campaign is whether Mary Norwood is a Republican. The Georgia Democratic Party sent a flyer to Atlanta households accusing her of being a Republican because she voted in Republican primaries in the past.

It calls the issue “The elephant in the room.”

The race for mayor is non-partisan and Norwood has said she is an Independent. Her Republican leanings were raised publicly during a debate on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

That’s where Democratic Senator Kasim Reed pointed out that Norwood had voted 70 percent in Republican primaries in the past and had even attended a state Republican convention.

Norwood issued a rebuttal in form of a TV ad where she tells voters that she voted for Barack Obama and believes in change. She also admits attending a state Republican convention but says she did not like it.

The newest poll out today by Insider Advantage shows Mary Norwood at 45 percent, Kasim Reed at 25 percent and Lisa Borders with 16 percent of the vote. The election is Tuesday.