Majority leader vows to push ahead with effort to unseat Ford

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's Senate majority leader says if a federal judge doesn't extend an injunction against it, he'll try to unseat Senator Ophelia Ford as soon as Thursday.

Ford won a special election in September by a scant 13 votes. The election was certified, but since that time, some voting irregularities have been found, including two votes cast in the names of people who are dead.

The Senate, sitting as a committee of the whole, voted a week ago to recommend voiding the election. The chamber was poised to vote again the next day when Judge Bernice Donald issued a restraining order until a hearing going on today in Memphis. Ford is not charged with any wrongdoing.

She says voiding her election would violating the voting rights of people who live in her predominantly black district.

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