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Election Board Certifies Winner in Atlanta Mayor Race

The Fulton County Board of Elections has certified election results that make former state Sen. Kasim Reed Atlanta's mayor-elect.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the board certified Tuesday's election result at about 12:25 p.m. Saturday, officially declaring Reed the winner.

With 84,383 votes cast, Reed beat city councilwoman Mary Norwood by 715 votes, or 0.84 percent. State law says a candidate who loses by less than 1 percent of the vote can request a recount.

Norwood's campaign manager Roman Levitt told The Associated Press by phone Saturday that the campaign plans to request a recount "first thing Monday or first thing Tuesday."

If Reed's win is confirmed after the recount, he will take Mayor Shirley Franklin's place on Jan. 4.