Snowden Reacts to Ruling on Senate Runoff Challenge

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Meridian, Miss. A judge decided not to overturn the outcome of the Senate primary runoff election between incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran and state Senator Chris McDaniel.

Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed the challenge filed by McDaniel. Judge McGehee said the court agreed with a 1959 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that states an election challenge must be filed within 20 days of the election. McDaniel waited 41 days.

"It's not a question of whether I think that's good law or whether I think it should be that way or not be that way," McGehee said. "The question is what is the law and when you don't meet that requirement, then you're not entitled to come in the door of the courthouse."

Judge McGehee also said the court is without the authority to go any further with the case. Newscenter 11 caught up with Mississippi Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden at his Meridian office Friday afternoon. He told us it's time to put this case to rest.

"If the supreme court rules in favor, of course, of the Cochran position, then the case would appear to be over with," Snowden says. "One way or the other, we need a resolution. I think the citizens, people for both sides, want to see it over with. They want to see justice done, whatever that is and the truth come out."

Snowden says his main concern now is that Republicans are not 100 percent behind the nominee in this race, Senator Thad Cochran. Snowden said before the runoff that he would support whoever the nominee ended up being.

"Well, I do think both campaigns have done what they felt needed to do throughout this challenge process," Snowden feels. "You can't begrudge anyone for pursuing their rights and that's what's been done. But at some point, that comes to an end."

Senator Cochran is running against Democrat Travis Childers and Reform party candidate Shawn O'Hara. Childers says he and Cochran have differing opinions when it comes to the minimum wage and equal pay for women.