The Minnesota ballot is in place, finally. The state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Sharon Clark, the running mate of the Republican gubernatorial nominee who dropped out of the race, will not appear on Tuesday's ballot.

Clark, nominated in the primary with Jon Grunseth, had asked the court to reverse a decision taking her off the ballot and replacing her with the running mate of Grunseth's replacement, Arne Carlson.

Grunseth submitted an affidavit of withdrawal after dropping out of the race Sunday amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Clark did not withdraw, arguing that she had the right to remain on the ballot because she won the support of the Republican voters in the primary.

"We're absolutely delighted," Carlson said. "We feel like we've been through the trials of Job and that has finally come to an end." Joanell Dyrstad, Carlson's choice for the No. 2 spot, said, "Now we officially are one. It's a relief."

Minnesota's secretary of state, Joan Growe (D), who had decided to take Clark off the ballot, said she will authorize the printing today of supplemental ballots to reflect the Supreme Court ruling. "Because they acted promptly, Minnesota voters will know what names will be on the ballot," she said.