Atlanta mayoral candidate demands recount after losing by razor-thin margin

Early returns are broadcast on a television at an election night party for Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood in Atlanta Tuesday

Early returns are broadcast on a television at an election night party for Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood in Atlanta Tuesday

Candidate Keisha Bottoms, a Democrat, declared herself the victor of the race early Wednesday morning, while her opponent, Mary Norwood, an independent, requested a recount.

In the sequel, also co-starring Norwood, Keisha Lance Bottoms - a protege of Reed - declared herself the city's new leader early Wednesday and Norwood trailed by just 759, out of 92,169 votes cast. Norwood cited an unofficial count in her address to supporters, and said while she was behind in votes, she was waiting for further updates on the vote total later in the week.

Atlanta's two-person mayoral runoff election is too close to call. Dist. 9 contender Dustin Hills eked out a victory over Kwame Abernathy, while Marci Collier Overstreet bested Harold Hardnett for the Dist. 11 seat.

Atlanta's last white mayor, Sam Massell, left office in 1974 and was succeeded by five African-American mayors in the next four decades: Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young, Bill Campbell, Shirley Franklin and current Mayor Kasim Reed.

Norwood told reporters she meant to seek a recount.

Norwood has requested a recount in the latest contest because of the close margin.

Bottoms spoke early Wednesday at an Atlanta hotel, saying near the end of her speech that "I am just in awe of what God is able to do".

Atlanta has a new mayor-elect, and it's a Black woman for the second time in the city's history. But we should allow Bottoms to begin her term with a clean slate, and prove to her constituents, why she deserved to win the race.

Still, numerous city's most formidable challenges transcend race. Everyone seems to care about transportation, public safety and affordable housing.

Regardless of who wins Tuesday's runoff, Atlanta will have its first female mayor since 2010, when former mayor Franklin left office.

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