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a little deja vu as atlanta mayoral runoff splits voters

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a little deja vu as atlanta mayoral runoff splits voters

atlanta voters woke up to deja vu wednesday in the racially polarized contest to choose the city's next mayor, with one candidate laying claim to city hall while the other vowed to seek a recount over a margin of just 759 votes.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. unofficial results showed bottoms leading with 46,464 votes, or 50.41 percent, to norwood's 45,705 votes, or 49.59 percent.election officials say a recount could happen next week if norwood formally requests one. results could be certified as soon as saturday. norwood would then have 48 hours to request the recount, which could take about three hours to complete.for norwood, the outcome virtually mirrored her 2009 loss to current mayor kasim reed by a mere 714 votes. norwood requested a recount, which ultimately produced only one additional vote. on wednesday, norwood wasn't seen at any public events and her campaign declined an associated press request for comment on the race.bottoms told wsb-tv in an interview wednesday that she has not spoken with norwood but is confident a recount would not change the results."i'm not surprised that she's asking for a recount, but i do think that our vote tally will hold, and i think if anything, our vote tally will go up," bottoms said.a win for norwood, 65, would give atlanta its first-ever ...