Court sides against Shelby County candidates

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled against several losing candidates who filed suit against the Shelby County Election Commission claiming the 2010 county election races were rigged.

The appellate court on Monday said the candidates failed to show that "fraud or illegality so permeated the conduct of the election as to render it incurably uncertain."

The unanimous opinion upholds the ruling of a lower court in Shelby County.

All but one of the losing candidates ran as a Democrat, the other running in a nonpartisan judicial race. They filed the lawsuit after Republicans, who control the county election commission, unexpectedly won the races.

The lawsuit asked a court to void the election and prevent the winners from taking office.

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