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Is a court challenge brewing in Hattiesburg?

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Another Hattiesburg mayoral battle may be brewing, not at the ballot box, but in the courtroom.

A three-day-long examination of ballot boxes, voter rolls, absentee and affidavit ballots is nearing completion.

Mayor Johnny DuPree won his June 4, re-election bid by 37 votes, but challenger Dave Ware asked for a ballot box examination.

It's unclear if the Ware campaign found any voting irregularities, but according to state law, a candidate has 20 days from the date of the election to contest the results. That petition must be filed with the circuit court clerk spelling out the grounds on which the election is being contested.

In the Hattiesburg case, a petition must be filed by June 24, and sources tell us a court challenge is extremely likely.

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