Ex-state Sen. Kasim Reed elected Atlanta mayor

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 6:49 AM
Last updated 1:09 PM
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ATLANTA - Former Georgia state Sen. Kasim Reed is Atlanta's next mayor.

His election extends a decades-long line of African-American mayors in the mostly black city. The hard-fought victory started with a general election, then a runoff and a recount on Wednesday.

The results of the recount showed Reed with 714 more votes than City Councilwoman Mary Norwood. Norwood picked up just one vote in the recount. Because of the change, Fulton County elections officials said they would have to recertify the race on Thursday.

Norwood ran a strong grassroots campaign but fell short of becoming the city's first white mayor since 1973.

The 40-year-old Reed, who entered the race a few months ago as a virtual unknown, ended the contest strongly, passing Norwood in fundraising.

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Notreally
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Notreally 12/09/09 - 08:04 am
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After this final recount and

After this final recount and Sen Kasim Reed wins, I hope she goes somewhere and sit her self down and rest her nerves, LOL.

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seenitB4 12/09/09 - 08:41 am
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It won't change anything..

It won't change anything.. Hope they can work together after this,,,crime is out of control in Atla. he says he wants to do something about it,,,,let's see if he can..

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Fiat_Lux 12/09/09 - 01:52 pm
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In many elections and

In many elections and communities/states, re-counts are required by law when the winning margin is less that a certain percentage of the total vote count. It would be irresponsible not to request one in this particular case, because, NOTREALLY, it's important that the citizens of Atlanta know that the person they elected is the one who actually takes office. Think "Al Franken", and chill yo'sef.

Notreally
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Notreally 12/09/09 - 02:09 pm
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Well it's official breaking

Well it's official breaking news says Reed won with this new recount. Congrats Reed.

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ron_rlw 12/09/09 - 02:14 pm
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Congrational to Reed ... but

Congrational to Reed ... but until this is just about electing a mayor and not a black/white issue ... we will continue to have problems between the races.

What difference does it make what the color of their skin is ... according to MLK ... it should be the content of their character.

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