Status Hearing Held on Election Challenge

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Jackson, Miss. A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff says his intention is to have the case settled in time for the November general election.

Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee of Lucedale held a status conference in the case Wednesday in Laurel.

In his lawsuit, Chris McDaniel demands that a judge declare him the winner or order a new runoff between him and Cochran. Certified results of the June 24 runoff show that Cochran, a six-term incumbent, defeated the tea party-backed McDaniel by 7,667 votes.

McGehee will hear arguments on pre-trial motions Aug. 28. The trial was set for Sept. 15.

Neither McDaniel nor Cochran was in court Wednesday.