Attorney General race gets surprise, high-profile GOP candidate on qualifying deadline

Longtime GOP leader and attorney Andy Taggart is joining the race for Attorney General. Taggart confirmed this just a couple of hours prior to the 5 pm qualifying deadline.

Taggart served as chief of staff for Governor Kirk Fordice and is a former executive director and political director for the Mississippi GOP. In 2016, Taggart led John Kasich’s presidential campaign efforts for the Magnolia State.

Andy Taggart will face Republicans Rep. Mark Baker and State Treasurer Lynn Fitch in the race for Attorney General. Jennifer Riley-Collins is the only reported Democrat to qualify in that race prior to the 5 pm deadline and the release of the ticket candidates from the Mississippi Democratic Party.