Eaton: Votes Properly Counted in Disputed Miss. House Race

Jackson, Mississippi Democratic state Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville says all votes were properly counted in a tied election that he eventually won by the drawing of straws.

Republican Mark Tullos of Raleigh filed a petition Nov. 19 asking the House to overturn the results and seat him as the winner over Eaton.

Tullos says the Smith County election commission should not have met in secret to discuss whether to count nine affidavit ballots. With those votes, the District 79 race in Smith and Jasper counties ended up in a tie.