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But experts say race may not have the impact it had in the past. Voters are more interested in pocketbook issues than the skin color of the candidate.
City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is white, nearly won the mayor's race in 2009 and is in the lead this year. Fellow Councilman Kwanza Hall, who is black, has held onto his seat as his district — Old Fourth Ward — has switched from majority black to majority white over the past decade.
“Voters are focused on issues that are important to them,” said William Boone, a political scientist at Clark Atlanta University. “The racial divide does exist in Atlanta, but the importance of voting along racial lines is shifting.”
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