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Dearing leads Senate race, but Tea Party’s Sojourner not conceding

Bob Dearing

Bob Dearing

JACKSON — Democrat Bob Dearing appears to have unseated Republican Melanie Sojourner in a Mississippi Senate race that took a week to count.

But, Sojourner says Thursday that she’s not conceding because some voters have expressed concerns about “problematic precincts” in the Nov. 3 election. Senate District 37 stretches through Adams, Amite, Franklin and Pike counties.

If Dearing holds onto an approximate 60-vote lead, he will reverse his fortune from 2011, when Sojourner unseated him after he had served 32 years at the Capitol.

Counting continued Thursday in House District 79 race between Democratic Rep. Bo Eaton and Republican challenger Mark Tullos. Eaton received more votes than Tullos in Jasper County, but Smith County was still counting.

Friday is the deadline for counties to submit certified election results.

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