One week later, after days of counting and questioning the ballots, the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee certified those results.
Only a select few were present for the process.
Candidates and campaign representatives entered the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance office to witness the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee certify final official results.
The media was not allowed inside the proceedings.
Executive committee officials said members voted unanimously to certify results.
"This is a private building. Folks in this private building stated that they wanted it handled this way and it was handled it this way," said Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee Chairman Claude McGinnis. "We are totally and complete confident that these election results are accurate and fair."
In the heated Hinds County Sheriff's race, certified ballots reassured Tyrone Lewis of his victory over incumbent Malcolm McMillin.
Lewis received 18,788 votes or 50.79 percent to incumbent Malcolm McMillin's 16,702 votes or 45.15 percent.
Johnnie E. Bowden received 1,500 votes or 4.06 percent of the vote.
Lewis met with supporters at his campaign headquarters following the officials certification.
"We were able to answer the needs of the community, and we want to be able to continue to answer the needs of the community," said Hinds County Sheriff Elect Tyrone Lewis. "We put together a platform based on what the community wanted to see from the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the county. We want to give them that. I want to thank them for trusting us."
Lewis said he has not been contacted by Sheriff McMillin and will work with his transition team to move smoothly into the post.
The McMillin campaign released this statement:
"We have formally requested all materials relating to the August second primary for examination. A letter was submitted with this request to the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee, copies provided to the Lewis and Bowden camps. Once a thorough examination is complete, we will decide how to proceed."
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