Incumbent Republican state Sen. Melanie Sojourner of Natchez is saying she doesn’t have enough votes to hold onto her seat.
Sojourner has been locked in a heated re-election battle against Democrat Bob Dearing, who she ousted four years ago.
After last week’s general election, in unofficial returns, Sojourner had a slim lead over Dearing, but absentee and affidavit ballots hadn’t been counted at that time. The process of counting the paper ballots and trying to determine a winner has been ongoing since the Nov. 3 election.
Sojourner has now posted a message on her Facebook page in which it appears she is conceding defeat.