Wed., December 9, 2009 1:17pm (EST)

Kasim Reed is Atlanta's Next Mayor
By Rickey Bevington
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
An official vote recount Wednesday gave Kasim Reed victory in the Atlanta mayor's race.  (photo courtesy www.kasimreed.com)
An official vote recount Wednesday gave Kasim Reed victory in the Atlanta mayor's race. (photo courtesy www.kasimreed.com)
An official re-count of votes has confirmed Kasim Reed as the next mayor of Atlanta.

Just before 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Fulton County election officials confirmed what many had been prepared to hear -- that former state Democratic Representative Kasim Reed has won the Atlanta mayoral race.

The official recount gives Reed just 714 more votes than city councilwoman Mary Norwood.

The announcement ends a grueling election season that went to a runoff election December 1st.

Mary Norwood picked up one vote in the recount, but her campaign to become Atlanta's first white mayor in more than 35 years may not be over.

The Secretary of State's office has opened an investigation into people who moved out of the city who may have used old Atlanta addresses to vote.

Secretary of State Karen Handel's office says so far 40 such voters have been identified.

Her office opened the investigation after a Mary Norwood supporter brought 1,300 suspicious votes to the attention of state election officials.

Wednesday's recount results will be certified Thursday.