Cindy Hyde-Smith wins runoff for Senate seat in Mississippi

30 November, 2018, 03:11 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • BREAKING: Republicans Win Mississippi Senate Race Despite Media Blitz, Report Says

Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy, who was vying to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction, during Tuesday's runoff. He urged her to apologize for her comment about being willing to join a supporter in the front row of a public hanging, according to a person briefed on the call.

Still, bolstered by unwavering support from President Donald Trump in historically conservative Mississippi, Hyde-Smith cruised to a relatively easy victory.

That tactic turned out to be an effort to portray Hyde-Smith as a product of her state's notoriously segregationist past - right down to her having attended a segregated private academy to avoid the court-ordered integration of public schools in the 1970's and proposing a bill in the state senate to rename a highway after Confederate President Jefferson Davis. "We are all very proud of you!" he tweeted. The top two contenders, Hyde-Smith and Espy, went into the run-off election both with dark clouds hanging over their heads.

She vowed in her victory speech to represent all Mississippians.

Hyde-Smith, 59, is the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi. Hyde-Smith finished first in a four-way jungle primary on November 6, followed closely by Espy.

Chances of a Democratic victory in Mississippi- a state Donald Trump won by almost 18 percentage points in the 2016 election and whose senior senator, Republican Roger Wicker, was re-elected by almost 20 points earlier this month - still appeared remote.


USA media projected that Hyde-Smith would defeat her black challenger in a campaign that recalled the state's history of racist violence. Doug Jones successfully employed last year in Alabama to become the first Democrat elected to the Senate from that state in 25 years.

Democrats had hoped the furor over Hyde-Smith's alliances and beliefs might energize black voters in a state where about 35 percent of the electorate is African-American. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, who retired for health reasons.

The runoff in the Republican stronghold between Hyde-Smith, who is white, and Espy, who is black, came under national scrutiny when unsettling remarks by the senator, who said she would attend a "public hanging" for a supporter, were widely interpreted as alluding to Mississippi's history of lynchings and other racist violence.

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has won a divisive MS runoff to remain in office. The outcome gives Republicans a 53-to-47 majority in the Senate, while Democrats will take control of the House after gaining at least 39 seats.

The president also sent a clear message to the people in the caravans who still believe they might make it into the United States. Her campaign said it was a joke, but that explanation backfired when the black student seen laughing in a picture from the event her campaign posted on Twitter responded that Hyde-Smith's campaign was using him as a prop. "That really offended me", said Charles Connley, 60, a black voter from Picayune. Remember her Republican opponent in round one was the even more conservative Chris McDaniel, whose voters would not be inclined to vote for Espy.

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