Atlanta mayoral runoff election appears headed to a recount

Dec. 7, 2017: The race for Mayor of Atlanta early yesterday, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, appeared headed to a recount, with the close Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, runoff election too close to call. The margin was thin, with several hundred votes separating Keisha L. Bottoms, 47, and Mary Norwood, 65. Norwood said that absentee ballots from military members were yet to figure in the totals, and she believed that some ballots have yet to be tabulated. "We will be asking for a recount," Norwood said. Just 759 votes separated the candidates early Wednesday morning, Dec. 6, 2017, Norwood told supporters. Bottoms led Norwood by a margin of less than 1 percent, which is the threshold where the second-place finisher can request a recount under state law. Bottoms and Norwood are Atlanta City Councilmen. Norwood calls herself an Independent and Bottoms is the chosen successor of outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed. The Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, runoff election followed a previous Nov. 7, 2017, mayoral election in which no candidate received an absolute majority, which prompted the Dec. 5 runoff.

Attribution: The Associated Press

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