McGehee Appointed to Hear McDaniel Election Challenge

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Jackson, Miss.
A retired chancery judge from Lucedale will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff.

The state Supreme Court appointed retired chancellor, Hollis McGehee, to handle the case that state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed in Jones County.

Certified results of the June 24 runoff show Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes.

McDaniel on Aug. 4 asked the state Republican executive committee to declare him the winner because he said his campaign found about 3,500 people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary and June 24 Republican runoff.

State election officials say such crossover voting is banned. McDaniel said his campaign also found about 9,500 "irregular" votes.

The Republican Party executive committee declined to consider the challenge.

McGehee has set a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the circuit court of Jones County.