Kitchens defeats Griffis for Supreme Court

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.

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