Judge Considers Request to Dismiss Election Challenge

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Laurel, Miss. A Mississippi judge says he will carefully consider whether to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a Republican primary victory by Sen. Thad Cochran.

Judge Hollis McGehee heard arguments for more than an hour Thursday at the Jones County Courthouse.

McGehee said he will announce his ruling Friday at 2 p.m.
at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport. The judge is hearing other unrelated proceedings in another court on the Gulf Coast Friday.

Attorneys for state Sen. Chris McDaniel say current state law does not set a timetable for a candidate such as McDaniel to challenge an election loss.

However, attorneys for Cochran say the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in 1959 that a challenge for a multi-county election should be filed no later than 20 days after election results are certified.

Election results were certified July 7, and McDaniel started his challenge nearly a month later with the state Republican Party.