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On this special edition of Political Rewind, we look back at the year in politics. From new leadership in Atlanta to the fight for a new governor of Georgia and an expensive fight for a congressional seat. There was also President Trump, tax reform, health care reform, the Mueller Russia investigation, the resignation of one Georgian from the president’s cabinet and the firing of another, plus the #MeToo movement that sent tremors through Washington. All were big stories in 2017, but which ranked as the biggest according to our panel?

Recount Doesn't Significantly Alter Atlanta Mayoral Race

Dec 14, 2017
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A recount in the Atlanta mayoral election runoff hasn't altered results significantly.

Election officials in two counties that include parts of Atlanta on Thursday recounted the ballots cast on Dec. 5.

The result: Keisha Lance Bottoms still narrowly leads Mary Norwood, who asked for the recount after Bottoms was declared the winner by a margin of less than 1 percent.

In GPB-Atlanta news:

  • Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms selects her transition team 
  • Georgia politicians react to Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Alabama senate race
  • Support for medical marijuana legislation grows, even among Georgia Republicans

Official Atlanta Mayoral Runoff Results Retain Thin Margin

Dec 12, 2017
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The vote tallies for the runoff election in the Atlanta mayoral race are official, but with a razor-thin margin remaining, the trailing candidate said Monday that she plans to ask for a recount.

Election officials in Fulton and DeKalb counties, which both include parts of Atlanta, certified their votes, which still have Keisha Lance Bottoms winning the race.

Bottoms' lead grew from 759 votes in unofficial tallies released last week to 832 votes in the certified results. That still amounts to less than 1 percent of the votes.

Atlanta Will Soon Know Official Vote Tally In Mayoral Runoff

Dec 11, 2017
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Atlanta is a step closer to having an official record of how close its mayoral election runoff was.

Fulton County election officials on Monday morning certified the county's vote totals from the Dec. 5 runoff. Election officials in DeKalb County, which also includes part of Atlanta, planned to certify their results later Monday.

The official Fulton County results show Keisha Lance Bottoms with 42,887 votes, or 51.33 percent, and Mary Norwood with 40,668, or 48.67 percent.

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Election officials in DeKalb and Fulton counties have scheduled meetings on Monday to certify their vote tallies from last week’s runoff election.

In the mayor’s race, Keisha Lance Bottom’s bested Mary Norwood by 759 votes.

After the results are certified, Norwood says she will formally request a recount.

Stephen Fowler, GPB News

The race to become Atlanta’s next mayor is at a bit of a standstill.

Here’s where things stand after yesterday’s runoff election between two Atlanta City Councilwomen.

Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms leads Independent Mary Norwood by 759 votes. Norwood says it’s not over and is calling for a recount.

Atlanta Mayor's Race Too Close To Call

Dec 5, 2017
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Keisha Lance Bottoms declared herself the next mayor of Atlanta early Wednesday morning while her opponent, Mary Norwood, called for a recount.

David Goldman / AP Photo

Atlanta has a new voter bloc that could sway the 2017 mayoral runoff election.

Keisha Lance Bottoms garnered 26 percent of votes on November 7, largely from the city's southern, African-American voters. Mary Norwood's 21 percent came mostly from the city's northern, white voters.

Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint sat down with Rickey Bevington to explain why a significant group of East Atlanta voters are voting on economic policy rather than race or politics.

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