McDaniel delays announcement on election lawsuit

AP News
Posted: Sep 01, 2014 6:33 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel will take at least one extra day to decide whether to try to revive his lawsuit that challenged his Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.

McDaniel campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch says Monday that McDaniel will take until Wednesday to decide whether to ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn the lawsuit's dismissal. McDaniel's camp originally said he'd announce a decision Tuesday.

Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed the lawsuit Friday, saying McDaniel waited too long to file it.

The lawsuit asked the judge to either declare McDaniel the winner or order a new runoff. It claimed the runoff was spoiled by voting irregularities.

Certified results show six-term senator Cochran defeated the tea party-backed McDaniel by 7,667 votes.