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Atlanta mayor's race comes down to close call

Atlanta mayor's race comes down to close call

Democratic candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms emerged victorious on December 5, following a tense mayoral race that ended with a difference of just over 700 votes, according to the latest election results reported by the Associated Press. She says absentee ballots from military members have yet to figure in the totals and she believes some ballots have yet to be tabulated. Dist. 9 contender Dustin Hills eked out a victory over Kwame Abernathy, while Marci Collier Overstreet bested Harold Hardnett for the Dist. 11 seat.

Eight years ago, she was defeated by Atlanta's current mayor, Kasim Reed, by only 714 votes.

"It's not over yet", Norwood said.

Bottoms declared victory just minutes into early Wednesday morning, going on stage at her campaign party at the same time as her opponent, Mary Norwood, spoke to her supporters.

"I don't expect there will be any change following the recount", Bottoms said.

Polls have closed in a runoff election between two Atlanta councilwomen vying for the city's top job. Parts of the city are more diverse, younger and wealthier than they have been in years.

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Still, numerous city's most formidable challenges transcend race.

"It impacts quality of life because most of us don't know what we're going to run into when we head into the city", she said of Atlanta's notorious traffic jams.

Transportation, public safety and affordable housing are among the most pressing challenges facing the city's new mayor.

"It's not over yet", Norwood said.

"I love that Mary is connected to most of the communities in Atlanta, if not all of them", he said.

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