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A racially charged campaign between young, former Georgia State Senator Kasim Reed and Mary Norwood has ended. Reed has captured a majority of the vote and is, in all likelihood, Atlanta’s 59th mayor.

The Era of Black mayors in the Capital of the South continues!

In a statement made to the press and supporters during the wee hours of the morning, Reed declared himself the victor after officials from Fulton County assured him of vote totals, which placed the State Senator over the former City Councilwoman by 758 votes.

Fortunately for Norwood, that amount is not over the 1% margin needed to bypass a recount, and she is expected to take advantage of that fact in a last ditch effort to steal a victory.

Nearly 560 provisional ballots have yet to be counted, and though there may be many that would favor Norwood, the amount is not enough to propel her past Reed.

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