A mistrial was declared in a lawsuit contesting the results of the June 4 Hattiesburg mayor's election, and Johnny DuPree remains the city's top executive.
When the jury first returned a verdict, only eight jurors could find for Dave Ware, while four backed DuPree's case.
Judge William F. Coleman then ordered the jury Tuesday to continue deliberating, saying the community needed a final answer to the election.
The Hattiesburg American reported after more deliberation jurors returned a verdict a 9-3 vote in Ware's favor but when Coleman polled the panel twice, only eight agreed in open court.
Coleman then polled the jurors in private and the same 8-4 verdict was reached.
DuPree's attorneys moved for a mistrial, which the judge granted.