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.