- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Melanie Sojourner is taking the first step toward possibly challenging her loss in the Nov. 3 election.

Certified results show Sojourner lost by 64 votes to Democratic former Sen. Bob Dearing in District 37 in Adams, Amite, Franklin and Pike counties. Both candidates are from Natchez, in Adams County.

Sojourner tells The Associated Press she filed papers Friday to notify elections officials in Adams and Franklin counties that she wants to examine ballot boxes after some of her supporters said there might have been voting irregularities. Dearing carried both of those counties, while Sojourner carried Amite and Pike counties.

Certified results show Dearing received 8,218 votes districtwide and Sojourner received 8,154 votes.

In 2001, Sojourner unseated Dearing after he had served 32 years in the Legislature.

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