JONES COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - There are some concerns that state Sen. Chris McDaniel's Republican primary election challenge could impact the November general election.
Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee, of Lucedale, is presiding over the lawsuit filed by McDaniel. McDaniel's legal team is asking McGehee to either declare him the winner or order a new GOP runoff.
McGehee said Wednesday he is considering Sept. 15, or Sept. 22, as possible trial dates, but official ballots for the senate race must be sent out by the Secretary of State's office by Sept. 10.
The State Republican Committee has already declared Sen. Thad Cochran the winner by more than 7,000 votes. The Secretary of State's office is relying on that certification by the state GOP in the process of preparing and sending ballots to county election officials. In other words, right now, Thad Cochran is the Republican nominee on the ballots that will be sent out.
A critical consideration is absentee ballots being sent to Mississippi voters serving in the military. The Secretary of State's office told WLOX News they are proceeding with ballot preparations according to state statute regardless of the McDaniel legal challenge.
The general election is Nov. 4.