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In this file photograph taken Nov. 20, 2015, then Rep. Bo Eaton, D-Taylorsville, left, and Republican challenger Mark Tullos, right, open and display the contents of silver-plated business card boxes after "picking straws" in the governor's office near the state Capitol, in Jackson, Miss. Eaton picked the card box from a bag, with the longer, 3-inch green straw, giving him the victory for his House seat. Both candidates were deadlocked following the Nov. 3 election. However, the tiebreaker was later flipped and the Mississippi public has paid nearly $74,000 to defend some legislators in a federal lawsuit by voters who say they were disenfranchised in that House race because the tiebreaker was flipped. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Nearly $74K paid in legal fees in Mississippi election spat