Recount in the works for Atlanta mayoral runoff

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Recount in the works for Atlanta mayoral runoff

A request for a recount is now in the works in the race for Atlanta's next mayor.

Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood each have 50 percent of the vote.

Bottoms has 759 more votes and is declaring victory, but Norwood says it is not over.

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Bottoms spoke early Wednesday at an Atlanta hotel, saying near the end of her speech that "I am just in awe of what God is able to do." (Watch the candidates’ full speeches below)

"I'm so honored to be your 60th mayor," she told her cheering supporters.

But at the same time, Norwood took the podium at her own rally and said that absentee ballots from military members were yet to figure in the totals, and she believes some ballots have yet to be tabulated.

"We will be asking for a recount," Norwood said.

Just 759 votes separated the candidates early Wednesday morning.

Bottoms led Norwood by a margin of less than 1 percent, which is the threshold where the second-place finisher can request a recount under state law.

Bottoms appeared on Channel 2 Action News This Morning and said she has faith that a recount would result in even more votes on her side.

Norwood declined WSB-TV's invitation to discuss the results in studio Wednesday morning.

Bottoms said if the vote total holds up, her first order of business will be working to unifying the city after such a close race. Results of the recount may not be available until Thursday at the earliest.

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