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Hall leads incumbent in Ward 1

NATCHEZ — The contested Natchez Ward 1 Alderman race between incumbent Democrat Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis and Democratic Challenger Valencia Hall was too close to call after the votes were counted Tuesday.

Only 46 votes separate the two candidates. Hall had 292 votes, or 54.07% of the vote, to Mathis’ 246 votes, or 45.56% of the vote.

One-hundred-ninety-two absentee ballots were cast in Ward 1 and are yet to be counted.

Election officials said they would begin counting absentee ballots on Wednesday.

The winner of Tuesday Democratic party primary will face independent challenger Jamar White in the July 14 general election.