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No easy path to overturn Cochran victory in Miss.

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Time is ticking and money is tight in the effort to challenge Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in the GOP primary runoff in Mississippi last month.

The tea party-backed challenger is Republican Chris McDaniel. His attorney says McDaniel will file his first challenge next week with the state Republican executive committee. A lawsuit seeking a new election will come 10 days later.

McDaniel has offered no proof of fraud. But he claims there were thousands of voting irregularities in the runoff.

Certified results show Cochran won by 7,667 votes, or 51 percent.

State law sets a Sept. 10 deadline for Mississippi election officials to receive the sample ballot for the November election. That squeezes the time for a challenge. And McDaniel says he lacks money for a legal fight.

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