Miss. high court hears dispute as losing candidate tries to upend Cochran's GOP primary win

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A dispute over a Mississippi Senate primary is moving into the state Supreme Court.

Justices hear arguments Thursday as challenger Chris McDaniel tries to revive his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.

It's not clear when justices will rule.

A circuit judge dismissed McDaniel's lawsuit in August, saying the tea party-backed state senator waited too long to challenge results of the June 24 primary runoff. The judge agreed with Cochran's attorneys, who cited a 1959 state Supreme Court ruling that a candidate must file a challenge within 20 days. McDaniel waited 41.

McDaniel's attorneys say state law was rewritten in the 1980s and doesn't specify a deadline.

Cochran won the runoff by 7,667 votes. McDaniel claims the election was tainted by voting irregularities.

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