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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II / Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge will consider whether to stop Tennessee from certifying the vote in this month's U.S. Senate Democratic primary election.

Fourth-place finisher Larry Crim sued the state's election division and the state Democratic Party on Wednesday in Nashville and asked for an emergency ruling. A hearing is set for Thursday morning.

The state party has disavowed the winner of the Aug. 2 primary, Mark Clayton, because of his anti-gay platform.

Clayton got nearly 50,000 votes, or twice the number of his nearest competitor, in a field of seven little-known candidates to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Bob Corker in November. Crim came in fourth with just over 17,000 votes.

State Election Coordinator Mark Goins said last week that there isn't enough time to hold another primary.

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