Democrats File Response to Governor's Appeal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court has received all the paperwork it needs to settle a dispute over where a special election for Trent Lott's old U.S. Senate seat should appear on the ballot. The court has given no indication of when it might rule.

Gov. Haley Barbour, decided last week the race between Republican Roger Wicker and Democrat Ronnie Musgrove should appear near the bottom of the Nov. 4 ballot.

Trudy Berger, a Democratic election commissioner from Pike County, sued the governor. Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green ruled Friday that the race must go near the top of the ballot.

Barbour appealed to the Supreme Court. Berger's attorneys filed their response Monday. They say Green was correct in ordering the governor to put the special election near other federal races.

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