Miss. Governor Wins 2nd Term

Barbour reelected on strength of his post-Katrina leadership
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2007 11:05 PM CST
Republican Gov. Haley Barbour answers questions following his address before a crowd at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., in this July 26, 2007, file photo. Barbour is under scrutiny by...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mississippi's GOP Gov. Haley Barbour was reelected to a second term last night, defeating Democrat John Arthur Eaves Jr. by a comfortable 20 percentage points. Barbour campaigned on his effectiveness in leading the state's recovery from  Hurricane Katrina while Eves, wielding a bible,  focused on his religious credentials and Barbour's connections to big corporations.

Barbour, a former Washington lobbyist, was credited with using his DC connections to help the state win billions of dollars in federal assistance, the AP reports.