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DuPree Wins Hattiesburg's Special Election

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UPDATE: Mayor Johnny DuPree will remain as the City of Hattiesburg's top executive after winning the special election by 207 votes.

The final tally for the race placed DuPree with 7,512 votes. Former Councilman Dave Ware's total count was 7,305.

Shawn O'Hara's final count was 29 votes.

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A final count of absentee ballots pushed Mayor Johnny DuPree to a lead of 118 votes.

A total of 915 were absentee ballots were accepted from the 14 precincts; 531 votes went to DuPree and 381 went to his opponent Dave Ware.

The new totals give Johnny DuPree  7,347 votes at 50.29 percent. Ware stands at 7,229.

Shawn O'Hara, the other independent running in the race, received 3 absentee votes, which gives him a total of 29.

The majority of the day was spent double checking accepted and rejected ballots.

The Election Commission brought in the Resolution Board Friday to review spoiled ballots; those are ballots that the machine has a hard time reading.

The board's job is to determine who the vote should go to after they examine it.

The Commission also got a chance to start on affidavit ballots.

On Saturday they will pick up where they left off at 10 a.m. at City Hall. Their plan is to have the winner declared no later than 5 p.m.

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