We're about to find out who did a better job showcasing their platforms to Mississippi voters. WLOX News will follow 78 races Tuesday night -- everything from the Choctaw casino referendum, to the gubernatorial election.
John Eaves is the democrat running for governor. His plane landed in Gulfport for Eaves' final campaign appearance in south Mississippi. "It's been an adventure," the democrat said, referring to his first run for statewide office. "It's been a walk of faith from day one in our campaign."
Eaves opponent is the incumbent Haley Barbour.
"Can he count on your support tomorrow?" a Barbour volunteer asked as she made last minute phone calls to potential voters. Barbour's party had Harrison County republicans working the phones to campaign for their candidate. "We think we're going to win, we're confident. But we've got to get the votes out," Austin Barbour said. He's the governor's nephew. And he was orchestrating the Monday phone bank, for the governor, and for the GOP. "We know it's going to be a very close election."
On Highway 90 near downtown Gulfport, it was easy to tell the election was just a day away. Supporters of several candidates littered the center median with campaign yard signs. According to city ordinances, the signs were actually illegal, because they weren't supposed to be located in public right of ways. All of the signs just east of 15th Street were of republican candidates. "We would highly advise anybody who's working on behalf of any republican candidates to not go stick them unless they're on private property," said Barbour.
The last time Harrison County poll workers picked up voting machines was in August, before the primary. Only 26% of the county's registered voters participated in the primary. The circuit clerk expects that number to jump on Tuesday. "I'm very optimistic," Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker said. "The weather is going to be on our side." Polling places across Mississippi open at seven Tuesday morning.