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Judge Grants Hattiesburg Special Election For Mayor's Race

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -  Judge William Coleman granted a special election for the City of Hattiesburg during a hearing at the Forrest County Circuit Court Thursday.

Attorneys for Dave Ware, the former mayoral candidate who filed a Petition of Contest concerting the June 4 mayor's race, filed motions with the court last Friday, asking for Judge Coleman to uphold the original verdict of 9 to 3 that the jury gave in the case.

When Coleman polled the jury in open court, the verdict count was 8 to 4; the judge decided to grant a mistrial due to the inconsistencies of the verdict.

Today, judge said he could not uphold the original verdict because the jury's poll was not the same. However, he decided a special election would be best to determine the winner.

The date for the election has not been set and will have to be given by Governor Phil Bryant.

Watch the video above to hear reactions from Ware and DuPree.

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