Atlanta mayor elected today

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ATLANTA -- Voters are choosing Atlanta's new mayor in a decision likely to hinge on race as a white city councilwoman faces a black former state senator.

Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed waged a hard-fought battle over the airwaves the past month leading up to today's runoff election. Ms. Norwood could become Atlanta's first white mayor in a generation.

Turnout is expected to be low. Polls were set to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The winner will inherit a list of priorities and problems after taking office Jan. 4.

They include the city's sagging finances, easing citizens' fears about crime, fostering a working relationship with state lawmakers and returning the city to its reputation as the jewel and economic engine of the South.

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