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Hattiesburg Continues to Wait for a Mayor

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More than 48 hours after the polls closed, no winner has been named.  Several questions have been raised.

"Today is Thursday," State Line Mayor Terry Simpson said.  "What is the problem?"

Residence around City Hall grew restless Thursday as Hattiesburg has yet to name a mayor.

"You say it's good or you say it's bad, so it shouldn't take that long to know if it's a good ballot or if it's a bad ballot," Hattiesburg voter Willie Smith said. 

He said he has one idea of what the hold up is.

"They know who the winner is, so that's the reason they're delaying all of this here," Smith suggested.  "It's tactics."

Whether that is true or not, the City of Hattiesburg is tired of waiting.

Smith said the wait just causes more problems.

"It's bringing tension where we don't need no tension here," he said.

Simpson said he is concerned about the process.

"It's really just weird," he said. "We had the people down from the Secretary of State's office and they're supposed to have been watching this election."

WHLT reporters went to one precinct asking to speak to one of Delbert Hosemann's representatives and were told there wasn't one present at that time.

At a press conference September 17th, Hosemann said about 20 of his workers would be spread amongst all 14 precincts and at City Hall on election day. 

WHLT tried to reach out to Hosemann's office to clear up the discrepancies, but they did not get back to us in time.

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