Cindy Hyde-Smith wins MS senate seat in special election

Posted November 30, 2018

Hyde-Smith led former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy (D) by 56 percent to 44 percent with 76 percent of precincts reporting.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won a U.S. Senate special election runoff in conservative MS on Tuesday, defeating a black challenger after a campaign that recalled the history of racist violence in the deep South state.

The Republicans pumped resources into Mississippi, and United States president Donald Trump made a strong effort on behalf of Ms Hyde-Smith, holding last-minute rallies in Mississippi on Monday.

When I used the results of other Senate races this year and controlled for incumbency and past presidential vote, a Hyde-Smith win of about 7 percentage points was predicted.

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Shortly after the win Tuesday, Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi". Hyde-Smith's victory came after she joked about hangings on the campaign trail, and after photos emerged showing her posing with a Confederate Army cap and rifle. Hyde-Smith and her allies pounded on him for lobbying for the former president of the Ivory Coast, who faces charges of crimes against humanity.

Donald Trump, who held a rally in Tupelo in support of Hyde-Smith, congratulated her on Twitter, saying he was "very proud". But in reality, racism won as the state's citizens cast ballots for a woman who has made no secret of her affinity for white supremacy. But Hyde-Smith proved to be a flawed candidate whose candidacy prompted investment from national groups from both parties. Thad Cochran's six-year term.

Espy, meanwhile, would have become Mississippi's first black senator since the era of Reconstruction.

According to Dent, "here is one of the reasons Democrats have so much trouble down here: Presenting an alternative isn't good enough - they need to remind us how bad we really were in their eyes". The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982. It was also revealed that she once sported Confederate military gear and graduated from an all-white private school - sometimes known as a "segregation academy" - while sending her daughter to another.She also co-sponsored a resolution in Mississippi's state senate in 2007 that praised a Confederate soldier for his efforts to "defend his homeland", pushed a "revisionist view of the Civil War" and said voting should be "a little more difficult" for "liberal folks."

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Her supporters said the furore over her comments was overblown. She quickly pivoted to accusing her opponent of twisting her comment into a political attack against her.

"This is just an unbelievable night", Hyde-Smith told supporters at a post-election event in Jackson. "We've seen how dicey things can get with a one or two vote majority".

The runoff contest drew comparisons to the Alabama Senate special election past year, when Democrat Doug Jones won a narrow victory against Roy Moore, after the Republican faced multiple accusations from women that he had molested them when they were teenagers.

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