Felicia Moore, Andre Dickens advance to runoff election in Atlanta mayoral contest

(Reuters) – Atlanta mayoral candidate Felicia Moore, the city council president, has advanced to a runoff election on Nov. 30, where her opponent will be City Council member Andre Dickens, CBS46 TV projected.

In a campaign dominated by the issue of public safety, both Moore and Dickens had favored hiring more police officers to combat a rise in violent crime.

The ballot included 14 names. Under state law, the top two candidates proceed to a runoff election on Nov. 30 unless a candidate exceeds 50% in the general election.

The winner will succeed outgoing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who in a surprise move decided not to seek another term.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax, Eric Beech and Kanishka Singh; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Himani Sarkar)

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