Miss. Supreme Court: No Order To Rearrange

JACKSON, MS (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has given a split ruling in a dispute about the ballot placement for Trent Lott's old Senate seat. A majority of justices ruled Thursday that state law requires the special election between Republican Roger Wicker and Democrat Ronnie Musgrove to be near the top of the Nov. 4 ballot.

But they stopped short of ordering Republican Gov. Haley Barbour to elevate the race off the bottom. Justice Oliver Diaz wrote a sharp dissent, saying the majority's ruling was "little more than a dressed-up request" for the governor to comply with the law.

Barbour's spokesman could not immediately be reached. A Democratic election commissioner sued Barbour after he put the race near the bottom of the ballot.

Click here to read the full ruling and Judges Waller and Diaz dissents.

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