A Mississippi judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that seeks to overturn six-term Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff.
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Judge Hollis McGehee said state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who lost to Cochran in the June 24 runoff, failed to start the election challenge on time.
McDaniel will announce next week whether he will appeal McGehee’s ruling to the Mississippi Supreme Court, his attorneys said.
McGehee announced his ruling Friday in Gulfport, one day after hearing arguments in Laurel about the timing of McDaniel’s lawsuit.
The judge agreed with Cochran attorneys, who cited a 1959 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that said an election challenge must begin within 20 days of the election. McDaniel waited more than a month.