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Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mary Norwood advance to runoff in race for mayor of Atlanta

Posted November 8, 2017 10:49 a.m. EST

— Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood will advance to a runoff in the race for mayor of Atlanta. The runoff is a result of no candidate getting 50 percent of the vote.

Bottoms led all candidates Tuesday with 27.47 percent of the vote, while Norwood was second with 21.66 percent of the vote. Cathy Woolard was third with 14.32 percent, while Peter Aman was fourth with 11.57 percent.

Officials with Bottoms' campaign -- who has the endorsement of current Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed -- says if she makes it to the runoff, she'll become mayor.

Norwood cast her ballot at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. If elected, Norwood would be Atlanta's first white mayor since 1974, leading a city of more than 470,000 people.

Eight years ago, Reed beat Norwood in a runoff by just over 700 votes. According to her website, Norwood says she'll continue to fight for a more safe, transparent, prosperous and sustainable Atlanta.

Meanwhile, former city council president Caesar Mitchell was the first candidate to throw his name in the hat for mayor, and was initially the front runner before slipping in the polls. The 44-year-old Atlanta native has also officially raised the most money. Mitchell finished fifth with 9.65 percent of the vote.

The runoff between Bottoms and Norwood will be Dec. 5.