GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has called State Sen. Chris McDaniel's lawsuit a "distraction."
Last week, the Mississippi Republican Party refused to hear McDaniel's challenge to the outcome of his GOP primary run-off loss in the U.S. Senate race and told him to take it to court. So, he did.
McDaniel's attorney filed the challenge in Jones County, the candidate's home county.
Hosemann, who was on the Coast to speak to the Gulfport Rotary Club on Thursday, said this battle is a reminder that there is still political dysfunction in the state.
"There's no reason for Mississippi to be involved in this litigation, and I'm hopeful we won't be," Hosemann said. "I'm glad it's finally getting to court. It's time for the challenger to go forward and get a decision. We've got military oversees voting stuff that goes out in the middle of September, and I need a resolution for the general ballot."
McDaniel's challenge will probably be heard by a special judge appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
On another political front from the primary, Hosemann was proud of the implementation of voter ID and how smoothly it went.
"On election day, after a lot of things, we ended up with 99.99 percent of you showing up with an ID. It's a real accomplishment for the state of Mississippi," said Hosemann.
He also was pleased that Mississippi successfully avoided being sued by the federal government.
Hosemann went on to talk about the work his office has done toward island restoration and development.
"For the first time ever, we are going to build piers on Deer Island, and we're going to have transportation out there," Hosemann said. "Our goal is to have people stay one more day on the Coast. That is a huge economic driver for us. For everybody."