- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) - The top finisher in Lumberton’s mayoral race says there won’t be a runoff because all three candidates ran as independents.

A spokeswoman for the Mississippi Secretary Of State’s Office tells The Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/1Oh5AKd ) that Alderman Kent Crider is wrong.

Spokeswoman Anna Moak said in an email that municipal special elections go to a runoff two weeks later if nobody gets a majority, so Griffith and Crider will be in a runoff Dec. 29.

Crider says the rule applies only to candidates who are in a political party.

He got 146 votes to 126 for Jonathan Griffith and 30 for Jerry Walters, with 10 affidavit votes not yet counted.

Crider says Lumberton’s 2009 election had similar results among three independents, and the attorney general said the one with most votes should be declared winner.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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