HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A few hours before incumbent mayor Johnny Dupree was declared the winner of Hattiesburg's special mayoral election, Gov. Phil Bryant made a stop in Hattiesburg as part of a fund-raising motorcycle ride for breast cancer awareness.
Bryant and hundreds of other riders took part in the first, "Ride for the Cure."
Saturday afternoon, election commissioners announced that Dupree had defeated challenger Dave Ware by 207 votes.
Saturday morning, Bryant and the other bikers stopped at Stuckey's on Highway 49 to refuel and take on other riders. While he was in town, he took some time to comment on that special election.
"I hope, as it should be, both men will agree that the process has worked," Bryant said. "I know the secretary of state has been working hard on that. But, we need to get this election behind us and move on as quickly as possible. Hattiesburg is a very special place and we don't want this to hurt it or have a negative effect on it," he said.
The "Ride for the Cure" went from Jackson to the Gulf Coast.