Ware Leads Dupree by 32 Votes with Absentee Ballots Still to be Counted

Hattiesburg’s special mayoral election is not yet decided, after all the precinct totals were counted.

Once Rowan’s count was complete, independent Dave Ware led 6,848 votes to Democrat Johnny DuPree’s 6,816, leaving Ware with a 32-vote lead in the special mayoral election as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Independent challenger Shawn O’Hara had 20 votes.

DuPree, who has served as mayor for three terms, kept the faith late Tuesday despite the deficit.

“Y’all don’t give up,” DuPree told his supporters. “Those 10 out of 14 boxes is as accurate a count as can be, but it’s not all of it.

Hattiesburg American
9/25/13