In an incredibly tight finish in the race to become Atlanta's 60th mayor in history, Keisha Lance Bottoms finished ahead of Mary Norwood by 759 votes in Tuesday's runoff.

While Bottoms and her supporters claimed victory, Norwood told her supporters she is asking for a recount.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bottoms received 46,464 votes to Norwood's 45,705 votes. The Associated Press has deemed the race "Too close to call."

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According to the Georgia Secretary of State, a losing candidate can request a recount if the difference in votes between the winner and loser is not more than one percent of the total votes cast in the race.

In terms of overall percentage, Bottoms and Norwood each received 50% of the vote.


This would be the second time Norwood has requested a recount in an Atlanta mayor's race. In 2009, with about 84,000 votes cast in a runoff between her and Kasim Reed, Reed won by 714 votes.

In 2009, the recount was finished eight days after the Dec. 1 runoff, with Norwood conceding on Dec. 9.

On Tuesday night, Norwood took an early lead as the first results came in, but Bottoms surged ahead around 11 pm. Then, shortly after midnight, all precincts reported in.

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Whoever wins will become only the second female mayor in Atlanta history, joining Shirley Franklin, who served from 2002-10.