Primary runoff features Republican race for State Treasurer
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Voters are deciding Tuesday who will become the Republican contender in the race for State Treasurer.
It's a race that's heated up in the last few days.
Both of the candidates say they are the most qualified and more fiscally conservative than the other, but which one appeals to voters will be determined late Tuesday night.
The race is between the Director of the State Personnel Board Lynn Fitch and State Senator Lee Yancey.
Both have received notable endorsements in this race.
Fitch landed an endorsement from former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Yancey received an endorsement from former U.S. Senator Trent Lott.
According to their finance reports from last week, Fitch has out spent Yancey by almost $200,000 but only had 3 percent more of the vote during the primary.
Both candidates were out Tuesday campaigning and making their last attempts to gain votes and both say they look forward to winning.
"I think the voters already showed confidence in me by having me be the lead, leading the ticket and having won 51 counties outright," Fitch said.
"I've never wanted to run just to run, I've wanted to run to do something and make a difference and to make sure our state is in good fiscal condition," Yancey said. "I know that's not excited to everyone, but it's very very important."
Whoever wins this race will face Democrat and Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, who ran unopposed during the primary.
The current State Treasurer Tate Reeves is now the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
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