Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms talks with CBS46 News

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A win for Norwood, 65, would give Atlanta its first-ever white female mayor, and end the Democratic Party's hold on an office it has held without interruption since 1879.

The office was certified for occupancy a couple of days before.

The Tuesday runoff between Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is black, and Mary Norwood, who is white, split Atlanta practically in half after a vitriolic campaign punctuated by political grudges and allegations of corruption. "Atlanta is a Democratic city and Keisha Lance Bottoms is a fine Democrat", Porter said.

"We have gotten the results in and once again, we can't call this yet", Norwood said at her campaign party on Election Night at the Park Tavern in Midtown, referring to her 714-vote loss to Kasim Reed in the 2009 runoff election. "We are very grateful". But we should allow Bottoms to begin her term with a clean slate, and prove to her constituents, why she deserved to win the race.

The new Mayor Elect Transition Team office in City Hall, awaiting its new occupant. Bottoms declared victory late December 5, but Norwood has called for a recount, a process that wouldn't be completed for several days.

During the campaign Richey moderated multiple mayoral debates which raised issues that proved to be pivotal moments and for many, a deciding factor in the election. Norwood calls herself an independent and Bottoms is the chosen successor of outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed. In this year's runoff, there were more than 92,169 votes, and Norwood's defeat was by 759 votes.

Barron expects the Fulton County Board of Elections to certify the vote on Saturday, Dec. 9, or Monday, Dec. 11.

"Even with the hand counts and running them through, I've never seen those change in 18 years of doing this".

"I totally believe that right now, a white person could be mayor of Atlanta", Reed said.

But Norwood took the podium at her own rally and said that absentee ballots from military members were yet to figure in the totals, and she believes some ballots have yet to be tabulated. With all precincts reporting, Bottoms lead by just over 700 votes.

Tight Mayoral Vote In Atlanta Leaves Both Candidates Uncertain Atlanta's mayoral race is likely on its way to a recount.

The provisional ballots from Tuesday's runoff will be counted on Friday.

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