ATLANTA — It was a close one!
With all precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Keisha Lance Bottoms appeared to have won the Atlanta mayor’s race, beating fellow City Councilwoman Mary Norwood.
Unofficial returns showed that Bottoms garnered 759 more votes than Norwood in the runoff election on Tuesday – a virtual repeat of the 2009 race when Mayor Kasim Reed defeated Norwood by 714 votes.
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The vote split the city nearly in half, with the northern part voting for Norwood and the southern part voting for Bottoms.
East Atlanta, Kirkwood and Old Fourth Ward areas were the real battle of the race.
In Kirkwood, the northern part went Norwood and the southern part went Bottoms.
In southeast Atlanta, Grant Park and Ormewood Park went for Norwood, while the rest of the area favored Bottoms.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution contributed to this report.
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