Mississippi Dem and GOP primaries narrow list of candidates

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s Democratic and Republican primaries will narrow the list of candidates in a wide variety of races.

Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Ballots include statewide offices such as governor, regional offices such as public service commissioner, legislative seats and county offices such as supervisor and sheriff.

Republican primaries for auditor and treasurer have grabbed attention in recent weeks.

The challenger in the auditor’s race, Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, criticizes two-term incumbent Stacey Pickering for using his campaign fund to pay for travel and other personal expenses. Pickering says his spending is aboveboard.

The challenger in the treasurer’s race, David McRae, says one-term incumbent Lynn Fitch has mismanaged a state-sponsored college savings plan. Fitch says she has gotten the plan back into good financial shape.

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