- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The latest news on the outcome of Mississippi legislative elections. All times are local.

5:55 p.m.

Both candidates say they’re looking at their options in a tied election for a Mississippi House seat.

The outcome will determine whether Republicans will hold a supermajority in the House - enough to pass tax or bond bills without help from Democrats.

Results of Nov. 3 election were certified Thursday in District 79 in Smith and Jasper counties. Officials say Democratic Rep. Bo Eaton and Republican challenger Mark Tullos each received 4,589 votes

State law says if a multicounty race is tied, the winner is determined “by lot” drawn in public and overseen by the secretary of state and governor.

Tullos, an attorney, says he’s researching whether he can ask the House to decide the winner.

Eaton says he wants the law changed so another election could be held.

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4:59 p.m.

A Mississippi House race in Smith and Jasper counties has been certified as a tie, and the outcome will determine whether Republicans hold a supermajority in the chamber.

Democratic Rep. Bo Eaton and Republican challenger Mark Tullos each received 4,589 votes in District 79, says Clara Brown, a Smith County deputy circuit clerk.

Officials finished certifying results Thursday, nine days after the election and one day before the certification deadline.

It remains unclear whether either candidate will challenge the numbers.

State law says if a multicounty race is tied, the winner is determined “by lot” drawn in public and overseen by the secretary of state and governor.

A Tullos victory would give Republicans 74 of 122 seats - enough to pass tax or bond bills without Democrats.

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1:43 p.m.

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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