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Monday, November 9, 2009 - 7:49am

Jim Martin Endorses Kasim Reed

Updated: 5 years ago.
Former Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Jim Martin is backing Kasim Reed to be Atlanta's next mayor. (photo by Rickey Bevington)

As the runoff for Atlanta mayor gears up, former state Sen. Kasim Reed is getting a plug from another Democrat whose race went into extra innings.

Jim Martin - who was in a runoff last year against Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss - endorsed Reed Monday.

Martin lost his bid to unseat Chambliss after a high-profile runoff that drew political heavyweights from both parties to Georgia.

Reed is facing off against City Councilwoman Mary Norwood in a December 1 runoff after neither won more than 50 percent of the vote last week.

Reed netted 38 percent of the vote, while Norwood took 45 percent.

Third-place candidate Lisa Borders, who garnered 15 perecent of the vote, has not announced which candidate she will endorse.

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