Kurita: Groups interested in legal challenge

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Incumbent state Sen. Rosalind Kurita says she's been approached by several groups interested in pursuing a federal lawsuit to help her win back her nomination, but she's still undecided about a legal challenge.

Kurita spoke to reporters on Thursday, a day after a special panel of Democrats voted to name Clarksville attorney Tim Barnes as the party's nominee in state Senate District 22.

Kurita had urged the panel to reinstate her nomination after the state Democratic Party's executive committee stripped her of her 19-vote win on Saturday.

But Democratic officials from Montgomery, Cheatham and Houston counties voted 61-4 in favor of Barnes.

Kurita's win was vacated after Barnes' lawyers alleged heavy crossover voting by Republicans and that some of his supporters were directed to the wrong primary.

Kurita has accused Democrats of stealing her primary win and has begun raising money to mount a write-in campaign.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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