The Clarion-Ledger, 11/2/7

Democratic Chairman Wayne Dowdy said his party’s gubernatorial nominee, lawyer John Arthur Eaves Jr., is honest, forthright and courageous. But Dowdy, a former congressman, stopped short of saying the Democrats will grab Mississippi’s top elected office.

“I’ll make one prediction to you, and I’m a pretty good predictor in my life,” Dowdy told about 1,100 people at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob event. “On Tuesday night, you’re going to have to stay up real late in the governor’s election.”

At the Hobnob, people in business suits gathered under a cavernous white tent on the grounds of the state agriculture museum in Jackson where candidates were introduced with flourishes from a jazz band.