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Judge intends to rule on McDaniel's challenge before general election

    Chris McDaniel

Chris McDaniel

Sen. Thad Cochran

Sen. Thad Cochran

LAUREL — 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 today 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 told the attorneys on both sides he would release a schedule within a week for the filing of briefs. He said he is considering Sept 15 or Sept 22 as possible trial dates.

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