Two Madison County residents are in the runoff to become the Republican nominee for state attorney general. A third got the the nod for State Treasurer.

Current State Treasurer Lynn Fitch of Ridgeland and Madison attorney Andy Taggart finished first and second, respectively, in the statewide vote for AG on Tuesday. 

Fitch received 160,035 votes (roughly 44.3 percent) and Taggart received 103,323 (28.6 percent), slipping into the runoff just ahead of Mark Baker (98,130 votes and 27.1 percent).

The winner of the Aug. 27 runoff will face Democrat Jennifer Collins in the November general election.

That wasn’t the only exciting race Tuesday.

Madison County played a key role in the Governor’s race as well. It was one of four counties in the state to go for former state supreme court justice Bill Waller, Jr., who cleaned house in the Jackson Metropolitan Area to force a runoff against current Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

In Madison County, Waller received more than twice as many votes as Reeves (12,450 to 6,207), the presumptive front-runner who has raised millions of dollars and received endorsements from most prominent conservatives in the state.

Waller performed similarly well in neighboring Hinds County and narrowly pulled out a win in Reeves’ home county of Rankin.

Reeves won 74 counties and captured 48.9 percent of all Republican votes Tuesday. Only DeSoto County and adjoining Tate County in north Mississippi went for the third Republican challenger, Robert Foster.

Whichever candidate emerges from the primary runoff will face current Attorney General Jim Hood in the November general election. 

Hood walloped his seven competitors for the Democratic nominee, receiving 199,435 votes statewide (roughly 68.8 percent). More than 80 percent of voting Democrats in Madison went for Hood Tuesday.

In other races, Lt. Gov. candidate Delbert Hosemann breezed past Shane Quick by 72 points to snag the Republican nomination. He’ll face Democrat Jay Hughes, who was unopposed Tuesday, in the November general election.

Republican Michael Watson defeated Sam Britton to become the GOP nominee for Secretary of State. His 188,705 votes was good enough to capture 53.6 percent of all voters and beat his closest challenger Sam Britton by more than 25,000 votes. Watson will take on former Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree in November.

Ridgeland’s David McRae advanced past the Republican primary for State Treasurer, defeating Eugene Clark with 61.5 percent of the vote. He’ll face Democrat Addie Green in November’s general election.