Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hattiesburg mayoral race sequel not very original

Yesterday's election contest between Mayor Johnny DuPree and Dave Ware bore a strong resemblance to June's election. At the end of machine voting in June, Ware held a 110 vote lead. At the end of machine voting yesterday, Ware held a 32 vote lead. 

The differences yesterday were in the turnout, with both voters and election observers showing up in substantially greater number. The U.S. Department of Justice sent observers, as did the Mississippi Secretary of State. 

The results after the machine voting were fairly similar to June's election, however, with Ware holding a statistically insignificant lead heading into affidavit and absentee ballots. Reports concerning the number of absentee and affidavit ballots, however, once again show the likelihood that DuPree will overtake Ware as those are counted. 

If that were to happen, the question would be whether or not Ware would again challenge the outcome. 

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