Recount Retains Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Narrow Lead In Atlanta Mayoral Race

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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ATLANTA (AP) — A recount in the Atlanta mayoral election runoff hasn’t altered results significantly.

Election officials in two counties that include parts of Atlanta on Thursday recounted the ballots cast on Dec. 5.

The result: Keisha Lance Bottoms still narrowly leads Mary Norwood, who asked for the recount after Bottoms was declared the winner by a margin of less than 1 percent.

Norwood said she’s still concerned about irregularities and will talk with her lawyers to decide her next step.

She picked up five votes and Bottoms lost six in Fulton County in the recount. DeKalb results remained the same.

The totals after the recount show Bottoms with 46,661 votes, or 50.44 percent, and Norwood with 45,840 votes, or 49.56 percent.