Democratic Attorney General candidate Jennifer Riley Collins remains hopeful after defeat

Democratic Attorney General candidate Jennifer Riley Collins remains hopeful after defeat

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Democratic Attorney General Candidate Jennifer Riley Collin was defeated by Republican candidate Lynn Fitch during Tuesday nights election.

Collins held a watch party at the Hilton on County Line Road in Jackson Tuesday night as she waited on results to roll in.

Friends, family and supporters eagerly watched with her as the results came pouring.

“At this point we did not get the results we wanted, but we know God has a perfect purpose for all of us," said Collins. “What is happening right now is only stepping stones to where we are headed, so we are remaining positive.”

The 53-year-old military Vet said she wanted to support victims of crime, combat the opioid addiction epidemic and increase access to healthcare for veterans.

One of Collins’ sons said even though she did not win, they are remaining hopeful.

“At this point we did not get the results we wanted, but we know God has perfect purpose for our lives,” he said. “What’s going on right now is only a stepping stone for where we are headed.”

If Collins had pulled out enough votes, she would’ve held the title as Mississippi’s first African-American elected official for a statewide office since Reconstruction.

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