Fight for Memphis Senate seat continues long after election night

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ophelia Ford's hold on her seat in the Tennessee Senate remains tenuous.

Ford won the election to replace her brother John Ford by a mere 13 votes in September.

Senate Republicans tried to void her election last week. A federal judge has halted that effort and will hold a hearing on the matter today. Three Senators have been subpoenaed to testify.

Ford's Memphis district is predominantly black. She has decried the move to void the election as a racist power grab.

Republicans say felons and nonresidents were allowed to vote in the election. The Commercial Appeal newspaper found two ballots cast in the names of dead people.

There have been no allegations that Ophelia Ford did anything wrong, and she is still awaiting results from investigations by a Senate committee and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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