December 9th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Atlanta mayoral vote recount results: Reed still on top

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood picked up one vote after a recount Wednesday of the close election, but it was far from enough to put her ahead of challenger Kasim Reed.

The elections board Saturday declared former state senator Reed the winner of the mayoral race after last week's runoff vote, but a recount stalled his official victory. According to the recount, Reed received 42,549 votes and Atlanta councilwoman Norwood racked up 41,835 votes, said Barry Garner, director of Fulton County's elections board.

The top candidates are now separated by 714 tallies.

Garner said that although Norwood picked up a vote, he thinks the new results are accurate. The board will meet to certify and then declare the winner Thursday, he said.

In the initial vote among eight contenders, Norwood received 45 percent of the votes to Reed's 37 percent. Lisa Borders came in a distant third with 14 percent of the vote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A candidate needs 50 percent plus one vote to avert a runoff.

–CNN's Aaron Cooper contributed to this report.

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