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A little deja vu as Atlanta mayoral runoff splits voters

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AP Race & Ethnicity Writer

The runoff for Atlanta mayor split the city practically in half after a vitriolic campaign punctuated by political grudges and allegations of corruption.

Unofficial results showed Keisha Lance Bottoms, who's black, leading with 46,464 votes, or 50.41 percent. Mary Norwood, who's white, has 45,705 votes, or 49.59 percent.

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.

The runoff was seen as a test of the staying power of the city's long-dominant black political machine and how it would respond to demographic and economic changes. Atlanta's last white mayor, Sam Massell, left office in 1974 and was succeeded over the next four decades by Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young, Bill Campbell, Shirley Franklin and Kasim Reed.

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