Atlanta May Need Recount to Settle Mayor's Race
Kasim Reed has a razor-thin lead, with provisional ballots pending
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2009 11:18 AM CST
Atlanta mayoral candidates Mary Norwood, left, and Kasim Reed.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Atlanta mayor's race remains too close to call. Kasim Reed led Mary Norwood by 758 votes out of 83,000 cast in yesterday's runoff election, a razor-thin margin of .92%. Only about 700 provisional ballots remain to be counted, but the race is so tight that Norwood isn't conceding. “I think a recount, when you’re this close is appropriate, absolutely appropriate,” she said today.

Reed has declared victory but promised to "respect the process" if Norwood requests a recount when the vote is certified later this week, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She can do so if the margin remains under 1%. Norwood is vying to become the city's first white mayor in more than three decades.