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Fitch defeats Yancey in GOP treasurer runoff

JACKSON -- Lynn Fitch has defeated Lee Yancey in the Republican primary runoff for Mississippi treasurer.

Fitch will face Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. A faction of the Reform Party also wants to put a candidate on the ballot in the November general election.

Fitch, 49, of Madison and Yancey, 43, of Brandon, emerged from a three-person primary on Aug. 2.

Fitch is on leave as state Personnel Board director during the campaign. Yancey is a one-term state senator.

There's no incumbent in the treasurer's race this year because Republican Tate Reeves, who's held the job two terms, is running for lieutenant governor.