Democrat Turney Drops Out Of Senate Contest

Democratic nominee Steven Turney of Bassfield has notified the secretary of state's office that he has withdrawn as a candidate for the U-S Senate. The secretary of state's office says Turney cited poor health as the reason for his withdrawal.

The state Board of Election Commissioners has five days to approve the withdrawal. State law says if a candidate withdraws after the primary election for legitimate nonpolitical reasons, one of those being poor health, then the state party may consider a substitute nominee.

Turney's withdrawal leaves incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran and independent challenger Shawn O'Hara on the November 5th ballot. Turney won the Democratic Party primary in June by 27-hundred votes in an election tainted by failure of the race to show up on ballots in Yazoo County.

James W. ``Bootie'' Hunt of Starkville, who died in July, filed suit in federal court over the conduct of the election. Neither Turney nor Hunt campaigned vigorously for the Democratic nomination.