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Judge Tosses Out McDaniel Challenge To Senate Runoff Results

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It's the latest speed bump for McDaniel since the June 24 runoff, which Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) won.

McDaniel's team, in response, argued that no such deadline existed in state law and that the decision the Cochran lawyers had been citing was for old elections. The law that included that deadline, McDaniel's lawyers argued, had been updated.

McDaniel can still appeal the lawsuit to the state Supreme Court. If the Mississippi Supreme Court disagrees with McGehee's Friday ruling then the case will go to trial.

In the immediate response to McGehee's decision, McDaniel reportedly wanted time to decide whether he would appeal McGehee's ruling.

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Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.