Gov. Haley Barbour has set a Nov. 4 election to fill the seat formerly held by U.S. Sen. Trent Lott — a move that could prompt a legal fight.
Lott officially resigned Tuesday night with five years left in his current six-year term. He served 16 years in the U.S. House before moving to the Senate in 1988.
The timing of the special election is in dispute. State Attorney General Jim Hood issued a nonbinding opinion this week that the election must be held within 100 days of Republican’s departure.