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Hattiesburg mayor says his team will also examine ballot boxes

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree and his team will examine the ballot boxes and their contents following the conclusion of opponent David Ware's examination of those same items, officials said on Friday.

After the final cote tally was announced in the Hattiesburg mayoral election, Ware said he would seek to have all the ballot boxes examined. His team concluded that examination on Friday. They have not released the results of that examination.

After nearly 36 hours of counting votes, verifying affidavit ballots, and inquiring about an unlocked front door at city hall after hours, Johnny DuPree came out on top in his bid for a fourth term last week. DuPree defeated challenger Dave Ware by 37 votes, but the race appears to be far from over.

DuPree led Ware by 33 votes following Tuesday night's general election. It took several hours to verify and count 115 affidavit ballots. In the end, only 47 of those ballots counted. The rest were rejected. DuPree received 25 of the votes while Ware had 21.

"Certainly, at the end of the day, we want to make sure this is an accurate and complete count of the votes. And so this is a process that we're going through at this time and that process is ongoing. Next for us is to look and see what the statutes actually say about what our rights are," Ware said.

According to state law, the mayor will be officially sworn in on the first Tuesday in July.

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