The Latest: Alabama capital elects its first black mayor

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The latest on the mayoral election in Montgomery, Alabama (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

Voters in Alabama’s capital have elected the first black mayor in the city’s 200-year history.
Probate Judge Steven Reed won Tuesday’s runoff election by a wide margin over David Woods, a white businessman.

Reed will be the first African American mayor of the city where Southern delegates voted to form the Confederacy in 1861.

Unofficial returns showed Reed capturing 67 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

He will replace current Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who did not seek reelection.

Reed is the first black probate judge of Montgomery County, and his father Joe Reed is the longtime leader of the black caucus of the Alabama Democratic Party.

4:30 a.m.

Voters in Montgomery, Alabama, are about to elect a new mayor.

Probate Judge Steven Reed and businessman David Woods face each other in the Tuesday runoff. The two were the top finishers in the first round of voting in August.

Reed is the probate judge of Montgomery County. Woods is a businessman and owns WCOV-TV.

The winner of the runoff will replace current Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. Strange did not seek reelection.

If Reed is elected, he will be the city’s first African-American mayor.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.