Fitch heads to GOP runoff for attorney general

Mississippi’s current state treasurer will go to a runoff for the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Lynn Fitch, after two terms as treasurer, won the largest number of votes Tuesday, leading state Rep. Mark Baker and prominent Republican Andy Taggart. But she fell short of a majority, setting up an Aug. 27 runoff. Taggart followed with 29 percent, while Baker had 27 percent.

The Republican nominee will face Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins of Clinton in the Nov. 5 general election. Collins is a lawyer, military veteran and former director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. She was unopposed for her party’s nomination.

The winner will be Mississippi’s first new attorney general in 16 years. Jim Hood, the only Democrat currently in statewide office, is seeking his party’s nomination for governor on Tuesday.

Fitch touts her experience as a lawyer in state government, saying she wants to fight opioids and human trafficking and protect vulnerable Mississippians.

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