Judge rests on Cochran’s motion to dismiss

Judge Hollis McGehee said in a motions hearing Thursday morning that he will take overnight to decide whether the Chris McDaniel election challenge should be dismissed.

Attorneys for McDaniel and Senator Thad Cochran battled out old election law versus new law in Jones County Circuit Court. Cochran’s attorneys cited a 1959 Supreme Court Case that said election challenges should be filed 20 days after an election is certified.

However McDaniel’s attorneys said Barbour vs. Gunn supersedes that decision and only requires candidates to file a challenge in a “reasonable and prompt” amount of time.