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Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 12:17am

Senate and House Races in Run-offs

Atlanta's mayor won't be picked until December 1. Mary Norwood received 45 percent of the vote followed by Kasim Reed with 37 percent. The race garnered national attention because Norwood could become Atlanta's first white mayor since the 1970s.

The race for Atlanta's city council president also ended in a runoff between Ceasar Mitchell and Clair Muller.

Around the state some House and one Senate race were decided last night, others are in runoffs.

On the coast, former State Representative Buddy Carter won the senate seat left vacant by Eric Johnson, who left to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. Carter's former House seat was won by Anne Purcell.

In Atlanta, Democrat Donzella James and Democrat Torrey Johnson are in a runoff for the seat left vacant by Kasim Reed.

In Columbus the race to replace State Representative Vance Smith, who became head of the DOT is also in a runoff.

Republican Kip Smith received 49 percent in House District 129 and faces a runoff with Republican Steve Earles.

Middle Georgia's House District 141 faces a runoff between Independent Culver Kidd and Democrat Darrell Black.

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