Republican Gov. Haley Barbour easily won his party's nomination Tuesday, defeating a political unknown in his bid for a second term.
Barbour brushed aside a primary challenge from Frederick Jones of Gulfport, who made few campaign appearances.
Barbour will face Democrat John Arthur Eaves, Jr., an attorney from the Jackson suburb of Madison, in the Nov. 6 general election.
Barbour said in a statement that the general election will be "a choice between conservative Republicans versus liberal Democrats." Eaves was not immediately available for comment.
Barbour is a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. His first term as governor has been defined by the state's response to the massive destruction of Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago.
Eaves led his three rivals in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. This is his second race for public office. He ran unsuccessfully for a central Mississippi congressional seat in 1996.