ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) - Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood conceded the close race Wednesday after a recount yielded her only one additional vote, not nearly enough to overcome 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 - a difference of only 714 votes.
Garner said that although Norwood picked up a vote, he thinks the new results are accurate.
Norwood said she had called Reed and congratulated him on the win.
"The recount results are final and it is now time to accept the certification of the votes that were cast," Norwood said during her concession speech. "Losing is never easy, but given the closeness of this race it was always a possibility."
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.
The close race is an example of why citizens should be involved in voting....EVERY vote really does count.
Sounds like both sides had good ideas, the wise politician would make his opponent a friend for the future.
"In the initial vote among eight contenders, Norwood received 45 percent of the votes to Reed's 37 percent"
Hey Libs....can you steal these elections the first time so we don't have to keep re-doing elections until you win? This gets expensive.
There are over 5 million people in Atlanta. Only 80,000+ voted? Talk about apathy.
I'm sure glad this election didn't go on forever. The mayor of Atlanta affects all the Atlanta metro which includes multiple counties and suburbs. Good Luck to Mayor Reed.
Too bad, although as a white woman, she knows that the Black Acorns would've kept "recounting,' the votes until he had more and more each time...
Keeping it real in atlanta by that i mean having dirt bags continue to run the city in the ground. You know why everybody leaves for the suburbs. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
...regardless as to who the winner is; "lame duck" Franklin ruined the city of Atlanta!
Funny how the national media made such a big deal about Republicans winning local races in Virginia and New Jersey last month, and now they're relegating the Democratic win in Atlanta as backpage news.