- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - Voters are electing a new Atlanta mayor and filling a handful of vacancies in the Georgia Legislature.

Nearly a dozen candidates are on the ballot Tuesday, competing to succeed term-limited Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

There’s also no shortage of contenders in nine special elections for state House and Senate seats around Georgia that became open after incumbent lawmakers decided not to finish their terms. A total of 34 candidates signed up for those races.

The Atlanta mayoral election is non-partisan, and special elections to fill legislative vacancies skip the party primaries that would otherwise narrow the fields. The crowded ballots mean it’s likely some races Tuesday won’t have an outright winner who gets more than 50 percent of the vote. Those races would require runoff elections Dec. 5.

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