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Ware Leads Dupree By 32 Votes

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Eyes across the country are on the Hub City, and no official mayor has been declared.  Pending absentees and affidavits, Ware leads DuPree by 32 votes.

Hundreds of Hattiesburg residents attended campaign parties with the candidates.  At Dave Ware's camp, all eyes were fixed on a projection of Twitter feed as the results flooded in.  Supporters at Johnny DuPree's headquarters waited patiently as the amount of votes for DuPree never passed those for Ware.

After about five hours of waiting, all 14 precincts reported.

"Here we are again," Ware said at his party.

"We go to bed 32 votes behind the challenger," DuPree said.

After assuring voters that the City Hall doors would remain locked overnight this time, both candidates thanked the attendees.

"You guys have been right there with us, whether we've been knocking on doors or standing in the rain, we have the best supporters," Ware said.

"You all are awesome," DuPree said.  "Y' all came here and you volunteered for us. All did a wonderful job."

With more than 1,000 absentee and affidavits left to be counted, they each said they are not finished yet.

"Let me say this for sure, there's a lot of work still to be done," Ware said.

"We're going to go to bed 30, 32 votes behind, but I promise you when we finish with the absentee ballots, we will be victorious," DuPree said.

The election commission plans to begin counting affidavits and meeting with the poll workers to decide the fate of the five absentee ballot boxes that were set aside Thursday at 9 a.m.

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