State Senator Reed Becomes Atlanta Mayor-Elect
After a tight race, a mayor-elect has been declared for Atlanta. Former state senator Kasim Reed won with just almost 700 points over general elections top placer, councilwoman Mary Norwood.
Reed took 50.4% of the total 84,383 votes casted or 42,348 votes. Norwood took 41,728 votes.
Norwood said that she would file for a recount. However, such recounts are automatic when the final margin of victory is less than 1%.
The runoff vote was held Tuesday, December 1, but voters lacking proper identifications had until Thursday to participate. The runoff was conducted after no one among the initial 8 candidates were able to secure a 50% plus 1 vote during the general elections. Norwood and Reed took 45% and 37% of votes, as first and second place, respectively during the general elections.
Reed will succeed incumbent mayor Shirley Franklin, the first black woman mayor of Atlanta on January 2010. Reed will be the fifth consecutive black mayor of the city. He will serve until January 2014.