Kasim Reed gets thumped in gay-heavy District 6

Add this share

imageThink the city’s new mayor-elect doesn’t have work to do with the mostly gay white chunk of the LGBT electorate in District 6? Kasim Reed got thumped there, even while managing to win the race.

See for yourself in a fascinating look at the results of the mayor’s runoff compiled graphically by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on a district-by-district map of the city.

Reed took the overall race by little more than 700 votes, though Mary Norwood has asked for a recount. She won areas north of Interstate 20, while Reed dominated south of the interstate.

In District 6, where the race focused during the runoff and the candidates worked hard for gay votes there, Reed was trounced. Norwood picked up 70 percent of the vote, with Reed getting 30 percent. Was it a result of the gay marriage split, with Norwood supporting it and Reed stopping short at civil unions?

Or was it more of a racial thing? The lily-white owners of pricey homes made up 86 percent of District 6 voters on Tuesday.

Another gay-heavy area, District 1 that includes Grant Park and is south of I-20, went for Reed 57 to 42 percent. Voters in that district Tuesday were two-thirds black, one-third white.

We may never know if gay issues or race caused Reed’s District 6 troubles. But check out the map at the AJC site and have a little fun seeing how your city council district voted.

What are your thoughts about the vote breakdown? Leave your comments below.



Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...