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Judge overturns special election date to replace Lott

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Hinds County circuit judge has thrown out a special election date set by the governor to replace retired U.S. Sen. Trent Lott. 

Judge Bobby DeLaugther ruled late Monday that Gov. Haley Barbour erred when he set the special election for Nov. 4.

State law requires him to set the election for 90 days after Lott's retirement if it does not fall in the same year as a general election.

Lott retired Dec. 18, after November's general election. 

Attorney General Jim Hood in his complaint said state law required the election to be held by mid-March.

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