The Latest: Recount in Atlanta mayor race could be next week

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  • Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. Atlanta's two-person mayoral runoff election is too close to call. Bottoms leads Mary 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. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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    Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood steps off the stage after telling supporters she'll seek a recount in the tight race at an election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. Atlanta's two-person mayoral runoff election is too close to call. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms and her family prepare to enter the gym of Fickett Elementary School to vote during the Atlanta mayoral run-off election, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Atlanta. Voters are deciding between Bottoms and Mary Norwood. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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    Mary Norwood makes a statement as she arrives for her election night party at the Park Tavern in the Atlanta mayoral runoff on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Atlanta. Voters in the Atlanta mayoral runoff election were deciding between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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    Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms, right, is greeted by a well wisher as she arrives for an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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    Early returns are broadcast on a television at an election night party for Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood in Atlanta, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. Whoever wins, Atlanta will be led by a female mayor for the first time since 2010, when former mayor Shirley Franklin left office. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Retired Atlanta firefighters John Howe, left, and Keb Wyant, wait for returns to come in while attending an election night party in support of Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood in Atlanta, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. If Norwood wins, Atlanta would have its first-ever white female mayor. If Bottoms wins, it would continue what has been called the city's black political machine, which has dominated the mayor's office since the mid-1970s. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms is greeted by a well wisher as she arrives for an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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    Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood greets supporters at an election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. If Norwood wins, Atlanta would have its first-ever white female mayor. If Bottoms wins, it would continue what has been called the city's black political machine, which has dominated the mayor's office since the mid-1970s. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. Atlanta's two-person mayoral runoff election is too close to call. Bottoms leads Mary 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. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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    Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood steps off the stage after telling supporters she'll seek a recount in the tight race at an election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. Atlanta's two-person mayoral runoff election is too close to call. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms and her family prepare to enter the gym of Fickett Elementary School to vote during the Atlanta mayoral run-off election, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Atlanta. Voters are deciding between Bottoms and Mary Norwood. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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    Mary Norwood makes a statement as she arrives for her election night party at the Park Tavern in the Atlanta mayoral runoff on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Atlanta. Voters in the Atlanta mayoral runoff election were deciding between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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    Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms, right, is greeted by a well wisher as she arrives for an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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    Early returns are broadcast on a television at an election night party for Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood in Atlanta, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. Whoever wins, Atlanta will be led by a female mayor for the first time since 2010, when former mayor Shirley Franklin left office. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Retired Atlanta firefighters John Howe, left, and Keb Wyant, wait for returns to come in while attending an election night party in support of Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood in Atlanta, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. If Norwood wins, Atlanta would have its first-ever white female mayor. If Bottoms wins, it would continue what has been called the city's black political machine, which has dominated the mayor's office since the mid-1970s. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms is greeted by a well wisher as she arrives for an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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    Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood greets supporters at an election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor are deciding between Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. If Norwood wins, Atlanta would have its first-ever white female mayor. If Bottoms wins, it would continue what has been called the city's black political machine, which has dominated the mayor's office since the mid-1970s. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the Atlanta mayoral runoff. (all times local):

6 p.m.

Election officials say a recount in the ultra-close Atlanta mayor's race could happen next week if candidate Mary Norwood formally requests one.

Norwood trails front-runner Keisha Lance Bottoms by just 759 votes after Tuesday's election, which dragged into Wednesday morning.

Though Bottoms declared herself the city's new mayor in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, Norwood told her supporters that the race isn't over and that she will seek a recount.

Fulton County election official Richard Barron says he expects the election to be certified Saturday or Monday, and Norwood would then have 48 hours to request a recount. Barron tells The Associated Press the recount itself could take about three hours to complete.

Barron is director of registration and elections in Fulton County, home to Atlanta.

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9:55 a.m.

The razor-thin margin in the runoff to become Atlanta's mayor must feel like deja vu for Mary Norwood.

Norwood, who trails behind front-runner Keisha Lance Bottoms by just 759 votes after Tuesday's election, was bested by current mayor Kasim Reed in a 2009 runoff by only 714 votes.

Norwood has requested a recount in the latest contest because of the close margin. She says absentee ballots from military members have yet to figure in the totals and she believes some ballots have yet to be tabulated.

A win for Bottoms would continue a run for African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s. Her victory also would continue the Democratic Party's hold on an office it has held without interruption since 1879.

The race is too close to call.

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4:07 a.m.

The race for mayor in Atlanta is too close to call, with one candidate declaring herself the city's new leader and the other vowing to request a recount.

The margin is razor-thin, with several hundred votes separating Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.

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."

But 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.

Norwood told supporters that just 759 votes separated the candidates early Wednesday morning.

       

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