8/20/2014 12:43 PM
Sept. trial likely for Miss. election challenge
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff says he intends to finish the case before the November general election.
Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee held a status conference Wednesday in Laurel, Mississippi.
State Sen. Chris McDaniel filed a lawsuit last week demanding that a judge declare him the Republican nominee or order a new runoff between him and Cochran.
Certified results of the June 24 runoff show that six-term incumbent Cochran defeated the tea party-backed McDaniel by 7,667 votes. McDaniel claims voting irregularities tainted the runoff.
McGehee will hear arguments on pre-trial motions Aug. 28. He says he's considering Sept. 15 or Sept. 22 as possible trial start dates.
Neither McDaniel nor Cochran was in court Wednesday.
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