Barbour Files Appeal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour asked the Mississippi Supreme Court Wednesday to decide if he was correct in setting a Nov. 4, 2008, special election date to fill the seat of former U.S. senator, Trent Lott. At issue is the timing of the election.

Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, had filed a complaint in Hinds County Circuit Court challenging the date, saying Barbour didn't have the authority to set it, and that the election should occur much sooner than this year's general election.

There is a federal election already set for Nov. 4, to elect the President and for the senatorial seat now held by Thad Cochran.

Judge Bobby DeLaughter ruled in favor of Hood Monday, saying Barbour erred when he set the Nov. 4 election date.

Barbour spokesman Pete Smith declined to comment about the case Wednesday, saying only that the notice of appeal had been filed. Hood couldn't be reached immediately for comment.

Lott officially resigned Dec. 18 with five years left in his current six-year term. Barbour appointed U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker, a Republican, to hold the seat until the special election.

Wicker is the only Republican candidate for the special election. The Democrats are former U.S. Rep. Ronnie Shows and former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.

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