Judge tosses challenge to Sen. Landrieu residency

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Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 5 at 4:01 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state judge in Louisiana has thrown out a challenge to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's qualification to run for re-election in Louisiana.

District Judge Wilson Fields ruled Friday that Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis' lawsuit claiming the three-term Democratic senator lives in Washington and not Louisiana was premature.

Fields says the U.S. Constitution is clear a senator must be a resident of the state from which he or she is elected at the time of the election.

Fields says a challenge could be filed only after the election, which is set for Nov. 4.

Landrieu says she lives with her parents in New Orleans when in Louisiana, and is registered to vote in Louisiana.

Hollis claimed Landrieu is a "full-time, permanent inhabitant" of Washington, D.C., where she owns a home.

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