Talking Points Memo: GOP Efforts To Rig Big Senate Race Hit Snag

Talking Points Memo (9/12/08)

GOP Efforts To Rig Big Senate Race Hit Snag

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and the state GOP’s apparent efforts to rig this year’s big Senate race have hit a bump in the road, with the state Dems winning a victory today in court — though it may prove to be only temporary.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green has just ruled that the governor and secretary of state — both Republicans — violated the law by sending out a sample ballot that placed the hotly-contested Senate election in obscurity at the bottom of the ballot, where lower-information are more likely to skip it. Instead, Green has ordered the state to issue a new ballot that places the Senate race towards the top with other federal races.


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