BREAKING: Special judge announced for McDaniel vs. Cochran case

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A special judge has been appointed to preside over the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran case filed in Jones County Thursday afternoon.

Honorable Hollis McGehee, Senior Status Judge will hear the arguments. McGehee is a retired chancery judge.

Chris McDaniel filed an official election challenge against Thad Cochran for the June 24 runoff in Jones County Thursday afternoon.

According to the petition, McDaniel filed a complaint of election contest with the Mississippi State Republican Party Executive Committee specifically reciting the runoff election for United State Senator.

McDaniel sited several voter irregularities that occurred in many Mississippi counties, specifically including Jones County.

According to the petition, McDaniel seeks to have an immediate injunction suspending and holding the placement of Senator Cochran's name on the ballot for the general election in November until the complaint can be heard.

In the alternative, McDaniel requested in the complaint that the court order a new Republican Party primary runoff election and require that the Republican Party implement proceeding to prevent "party raiding" and violation.

According to the complaint, when results from the voter irregularities of each county are removed from the statewide count, it will be shown that McDaniel is the nominee elected by the majority of the lawful Republican Party voters; and he requests to be so declared.

For the full compliant, click here.

To see the judge appointment order, click here.