Will Atlanta voters watch the mayoral race vote tallies late into the night? Probably not. With 15 candidates in today’s election, and with two strong candidates leading the pack and Georgia’s 50 percent plus one election law, conventional wisdom suggests a runoff.

What’s interesting isn’t who is going to win. What’s interesting is why this election cycle has been so strange. It has been short, the incumbent opted not to run for a second term (the first time since World War II), voter turnout has been low, undecided voters seem to be everywhere and, as former Atlanta City Council president Ceasar Mitchell put it, “the typical binary choice” is absent. 

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