Republican gubernatorial candidate Haley Barbour shook hands and asked for votes Monday on a visit to Meridian. Part of his campaigning took place at Jean's Restaurant on Front Street. Barbour said he would not have done anything differently, if he had the chance to start again.
"We said at the beginning this is going to be a close election and the biggest thing was going to be a big turnout," Barbour said, "and we're going to organize from the grassroots up. Yesterday we had 1,500 volunteers. Saturday we had 1,500 volunteers from around the state that knocked on over 100,000 doors and that's what I think is going to be the key to this election. If it's a big turnout, it's good for Republicans. It's good for conservatives. It's good for me and Amy Tuck."
Other than turnout, Barbour said he believes focusing on the issues will make his campaign successful.
"(We) talked about problems and solutions, about seizing opportunities where the Governor's campaign has been almost exclusively an attack on me," said Barbour. "For seven weeks, the Musgrove campaign did not run a television advertisement that even mentioned the governor's own name. What does that say about his record or about his plans for the future?"
"We need a change and people have had a chance to see us in this campaign that I've addressed those issues. I've addressed those problems. I've offered solutions. Now if we have a big turnout of voters tomorrow, we will have a change and together we will do better," said Barbour.
Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, the Democratic nominee for a second term in office, was campaigning elsewhere in the state Monday.
A poll commissioned by The Associated Press and The Clarion-Ledger showed the race between Musgrove and Barbour is too close to predict. Barbour holds a slim lead.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.