Clay Aiken’s political opponent dies suddenly

Democratic primary candidate Keith Crisco, who was in a contest still too close to call with former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, died suddenly at his home on Monday.According to news reports, Crisc...

UPDATE: Mary Norwood wins back seat on ATL City Council

UPDATE: Mary Norwood is the winner, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County election office, winning 53 percent to 47 percent. She issued this statement Wednesday morning:

I am so grateful to you all! Our campaign was a tremendous TEAM effort, with Atlantans from all over our city coming together and supporting my return to City Hall to serve you again.  What an exciting, action-packed campaign we had! Each of you was amazing in your dedication and determination to have me represent you—your commitment of time and resources made the difference in our win and I appreciate every single effort–-knocking on doors, talking to friends, sending contributions, making phone calls, displaying yard signs – WOW! It’s a GREAT DAY, Atlanta! And I’m ready and excited to work for you all again!


Former Atlanta City Council member and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood defeated incumbent Aaron Watson in the Post 2 At-Large city council seat, a seat she once held before running for mayor in 2009.

With all of the precincts reporting, Norwood 24,628 votes for 53 percent while Watson got 22,005 for 47 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County election office.

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Politifact finds gay Atlanta City Council candidate Matt Rinker’s accusations ‘mostly false’


A heated race in Atlanta City Council District 5 took an interesting turn this week when the incumbent, Natalyn Archibong, took two of her opponents to court — openly gay Christian Enterkin and Matt Rinker — and accused them of slander and libel.

The judge threw the lawsuit out on Friday, but the accusations made by Rinker that Archibong has missed some 80 to 90 percent of City Council meeting between 2011 and 2012 was found to be "mostly false" by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Politifact.

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Atlanta gay Republicans defend Mary Norwood — for being accused of being Republican



The Log Cabin Republicans came out in full force defense of City Council Post 2 At-Large candidate Mary Norwood after the Democratic Party of Georgia took out ads accusing the former council member and mayoral candidate of, well, perhaps being a Republican — a similar tactic, and ad, used against her mayoral run in 2009.

In a tough battle for the City Council against incumbent, and Democrat, Aaron Watson, the state Democratic Party felt there was enough of a threat to put out an ad and remind people that Norwood just might be a Republican. Of course, it should be pointed out that the City Council races are non-partisan. The election is Nov. 5.