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. (Read more Haley Barbour stories.)