Retired judge to oversee Miss. election challenge
Published: August 15,2014
Tags: bench, challenge, Chris McDaniel, court, Democratic Party, election, Joe Nosef, judge, justice, law, lawsuit, legal, Mark Garriga, Mississippi Supreme Court, Mitch Tyner, Phil Abernathy, political campaign, politician, Politics, primary, Reform Party, Republican party, runoff, Senate, Shawn O'Hara, Tea Party, Thad Cochran, Travis Childers
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
JACKSON, Mississippi — 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 on Friday appointed retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee to handle the case that state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed Thursday in Jones County.
McDaniel demands that a judge either declare him the winner or order a new runoff between him and Cochran.
It would be unprecedented for a court to order a do-over of a statewide election, and part of McDaniel’s argument hinges on an unenforceable law.
Certified results of the June 24 runoff show Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes.
McDaniel’s lawsuit claims Mississippi GOP officials violated the rights of real Republicans by allowing people to vote who didn’t intend to support the party’s nominee.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- JOSH MABUS — Inbound marketing is fueled by wishful thinking
- (UPDATE) Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow
- Kemper plant employee gag order continued
- 2014 a good year for filmmaking in Mississippi
- Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years
- MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Doug Dale’s self-awareness helps lift him to top of his game
- WRESTLING SUCCESS — Ted DiBiase Jr. leaves ring to become entrepreneur
- (UPDATED — BREAKING NEWS) American Specialty Alloys won’t locate $1.2B mill in Mississippi
- ASA postmortem: industrial recruiting is a constant cycle of death and life