The big story lines of the election have been:
- Atlanta is broke! What a mess...
- Crime sucks, and so does the police chief
- Republican bogeyman!
- Mary Norwood is white
However, what I really want to focus on is the fact that Norwood is getting 34% of the black vote according to the cross tabs in the latest Insider Advantage polling. She is pulling more black support than either black candidate. She is pulling 56% of white voters, which is a majority but far from an overwhelming landslide.
Let's say that Norwood were polling at say 10% among black voters (about what Republicans can expect to get from black voters). By my math, she'd only be getting 32% of the total votes, and we'd be talking about a much closer race.
If Mary Norwood is Mayor of Atlanta, it will be because of black voters, and their willingness to vote for a white candidate.
Just something to chew on the next time someone from Macon who traffics in selling outrage wants to tell you this election is all about race.