Reed edges out Norwood in Atlanta mayoral race, recount possible

ATLANTA – Former state Sen. Kasim Reed appears to have edged out Councilwoman Mary Norwood in a hotly-contested race for Atlanta mayor.

But, Norwood did not concede and could still call for a recount as Reed appears to have won by 758 votes. According to the Fulton County elections Web site, Reed garnered 41,901 votes to Norwood’s 41,143 votes.

Reed and Norwood faced off in Tuesday’s runoff election after neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote during the Nov. 3 election.

More voters turned out for Tuesday’s runoff election than on Nov. 3. During the first election, a total of 78,450 voters cast ballots – roughly 30 percent of the registered voters – compared to the 83,044 people who voted Tuesday.

“I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the polls this morning because it seemed like there were more people voting,” one Atlanta voter said.

Meanwhile, in Roswell, Mayor Jere Wood won re-election, defeating challenger David Tolleson 77 votes.

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