Kasim Reed and Mary Norwood
ATLANTA -- Mary Norwood has conceded to Kasim Reed in the hotly contested race to become Atlanta's next mayor, 11Alive's Doug Richards reports.
Richards was with Mayor-elect Reed when he received the concession call from Norwood.
During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Norwood congratulated Reed on a "spirited" campaign and thanked her supporters.
During a phone conversation with Reed, Norwood said the Mayor-Elect offered to get together with her to discuss her involvement in the city's affairs in the future. Norwood said a date and time for that appointment had not been set, but that she was open to the meeting.
"I am going to stay involved in the city," Norwood said despite losing the runoff election. She declined to offer any specifics about her involvement.
The concession brings an end to a hotly contested mayoral campaign that saw wild swings in popularity for both candidates.
Norwood was widely seen as the front runner following the November's general election. But, she failed to garner the necessary "50 percent-plus-1" vote to win the election outright, forcing a runoff. Reed finished second in that election.
During an intense, month-long runoff campaign, Reed was able to close the popularity gap on Norwood. On December 3rd, he pulled ahead to beat Norwood, but only by a narrow majority.
Following the runoff, Norwood asked for a recount, which was conducted 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. After the recount, Reed had 42,549 (50.42 percent) of the runoff vote while Norwood had a total of 41,835 (49.58 percent). 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.