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August 16, 2013

New mayoral election ordered in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG —

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A judge has ordered a new election in the dispute over who won the June 4 contest for mayor of Hattiesburg.

WDAM reports (http://bit.ly/142QSOt ) that Judge William Coleman granted a motion by attorneys for independent candidate Dave Ware calling for a special election.

Coleman, appointed by the state Supreme Court to hear the dispute, said absentee ballots in the June 4 election must be thrown out. Ware had raised objections over how they were handled.

Ware faced incumbent Johnny DuPree in that election. DuPree is a Democrat.

A date for a special election will have to be set by Gov. Phil Bryant.

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