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Barbour appeals judge's ruling on disputed Senate ballot

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour filed

an appeal late today (Friday) in state ballot dispute.

He is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green.

Green told Barbour and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann this

morning (Friday) that they have to put a special election for Trent

Lott's old U.S. Senate seat close to the top of the state ballot.

Barbour decided earlier this week that the race between

Republican Roger Wicker and Democrat Ronnie Musgrove should be near

the bottom of the ballot.

Barbour is telling the Supreme Court that his appeal is urgent

because local election officials need to get ready for the November

4 election.

The Supreme Court gave a Monday deadline for Democrats to

respond.

The winner of the special election will serve the final four

years of a six-year term started by Lott.

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