Fitch, Yancey in GOP treasurer runoff

Lynn Fitch led the Republican primary race for state treasurer Tuesday night based on early returns, but did not have enough votes to prevent a runoff.

Fitch, 49, executive director of the State Personnel Board, will face state Sen. Lee Yancey, 43, in the Aug. 23 runoff.

Fitch had 37 percent of the vote with 1,624 of 1,873 precincts reporting, compared to Yancey’s 34 percent.

“I’m very humbled and honored to be in this position,” Fitch said from her election return watch party at the Old Capitol Inn. “This is a great statewide win, and this shows people are interested in having a qualified individual be their leader in the treasurer’s office.”

Clarion Ledger
8/3/11