JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Justice Jim Kitchens of Crystal Springs has won another eight-year term on the Mississippi Supreme Court.
He defeated challenger Kenny Griffis on Tuesday in the central district, which includes 22 counties.
Mississippi judicial candidates run without party labels, but a partisan split developed in the race with Democrats supporting Kitchens and Republicans supporting Griffis.
The 73-year-old Kitchens is a former district attorney for Copiah, Lincoln, Pike and Walthall counties. He worked several years in private practice before winning a Supreme Court seat in 2008.
Griffis, who is 55, has been a state Court of Appeals judge since 2002.