Skip to comments.Trial Lawyer Quits Mississippi Gov. Race
Posted on 04/08/2003 10:59:32 PM PDT by LdSentinal
JACKSON, Miss. - Trial lawyer John Arthur Eaves Jr. dropped out of the Mississippi governor's race Tuesday, leaving Gov. Ronnie Musgrove without a big-name opponent in the Democratic primary.
John Arthur Eaves Jr. said the campaign was taking too much time away from his family. He did not immediately endorse Musgrove or any of the four lesser-known Democratic candidates.
Musgrove campaign manager Lisa McMurray said the campaign wished Eaves luck in his future endeavors. Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole said Eaves' decision will let Musgrove save energy and money to face the Republicans.
Party primaries will be held Aug. 5, and the general election is Nov. 4.
In the Republican primary, former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour faces trial lawyer Mitch Tyner.
Eaves ran unsuccessfully for a central Mississippi congressional seat in 1996, losing to Republican Chip Pickering.