JACKSON, Miss. —
A longtime Republican figure will join state Treasurer Lynn Fitch in a runoff seeking the GOP nomination for Mississippi attorney general.
Andy Taggart, of Madison, finished second in Tuesday’s voting, trailing Fitch but edging out state Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon to advance.
Taggart was chief of staff for Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice in the 1990s and is a former Madison County supervisor.
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 is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday.
Taggart says he’s running to fight illegal drugs after his son died from suicide at 21 while struggling with drugs.