Perhaps the biggest race to be decided on the Mississippi ballot Tuesday is governor. Republican incumbent Haley Barbour is being challenged by Democrat John Arthur Eaves, Jr.
Eaves was in Meridian Monday, doing some last-minute campaigning before election day. The challenger is considered to be an underdog, but he says he's not giving up the fight.
Eaves said he believes Mississippi is ready to change directions.
"It's time for change. We've done all we can to get this message of who we serve," said Eaves. "I'll serve the people of Mississippi and my creator. I'm ready to take on the big insurance companies and the big oil companies and the big tobacco companies that have been holding this state back."
Eaves is a lawyer who's never held public office. He did run for the congressional seat currently held by Chip Pickering a decade ago. He entered the governor's race in 2003, but withdrew before the primaries.