Judge cancels special election to replace Lott.


A Mississippi judge ruled today that Gov. Haley Barbour (R) “exceeded his constitutional authority by setting the special election” to replace former senator Trent Lott for Nov. 4. The judge, however, ruled that the election should be held “within 90 days of the governor’s Dec. 20, 2007 proclamation of writ of election…on or before March 19, 2008.” Last month, Barbour named Rep. Roger Wicker as Lott’s replacement. More on why Barbour’s ruling violated Mississippi law here.