Republicans, poised to take attorney general seat for first time in modern history, fight over who’s most conservative

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Eric J. Shelton/Mississippi Today, Report For AmericaRepublican state treasurer Lynn Fitch, a candidate for attorney general, speaks to media during the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
The three Republicans running for attorney general used their Neshoba County Fair speeches on Thursday to convince voters of their conservative values.
Treasurer Lynn Fitch, state Rep. Mark Baker and Madison attorney Andy Taggart all spoke Thursday about how they would implement conservative leadership in a seat that has been held by Democrats since the 19th century.
Fitch, who has served the past eight years as state treasurer, joined several other statewide Republican candidates in focusing on her support of President Donald Trump.
“I’m an original Trump supporter,” Fitch said. “I’m one of the first statewide officials to support President Trump. He selected me to be the chair of his Women for Trump Mississippi group. I have a relationship with our president, and you can count on me to work with our president to stand strong, to fight illegal immigration, build that wall and also to stop the assault on our Christian values.”
Eric J. Shelton/Mississippi Today, Report For AmericaRepublican Mark Baker, a candidate for attorney general, speaks to media during the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
Baker, a Rankin County attorney who has served in the Legislature since 2003, says he’s the only true conservative in the race. He’s received key endorsements in recent weeks, and his opponents said this week an out-of-state political action committee has dropped close to $900,000 in pro-Baker advertisements in the state the past three weeks.
In his speech on Thursday, Baker accused Fitch of being close with current Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.
“I got an email blast from (Fitch) last night, and apparently she’s just now realizing she’s in a race and might be losing