Atlanta mayoral candidate demands recount after close loss

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

Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms talks with CBS46 News

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When calling for a vote recount, Norwood cited an unofficial count and said that she was waiting for the vote count to be updated later in the week.

Atlanta voters delivered a near-split decision in the city's mayoral contest on Tuesday, making the runoff race 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.

Voters Tuesday were deciding between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. In 2009, Norwood barely lost the mayoral race to Mayor Kasim Reed.

"We will be asking for a recount", Norwood said.

Bottoms, a Democrat, squared off against Norwood, an independent, in the nonpartisan runoff to succeed Reed, who is term limited from seeking re-election.

Atlanta has a new mayor-elect, and it's a Black woman for the second time in the city's history.

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"I am just in awe of what God is able to do", Bottoms said.

A Norwood victory would mean Atlanta - a gentrifying city where the African American share of the population remains a majority but has gone down over the years - would have its first white mayor in more than 40 years.

A win for Norwood, 65, would give Atlanta its first-ever white female mayor, and end the Democratic Party's hold on an office it has held without interruption since 1879.

A half-century after white flight led to sprawl that fueled legendary traffic jams, Atlanta is booming economically and growing at a breakneck pace, with townhouses and apartments going up in vacant lots all over town.

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

"We're behind the times in terms of having a modern transportation system compared to what you see in NY or Washington", said Kendra A. King Momon, professor of politics at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

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