Hyde-Smith Wins Mississippi Senate Special Election

Last night, Cindy Hyde-Smith won the special runoff in Mississippi for U.S. Senator against Mike Epsy. The election follows a month-long fight between Hyde-Smith and Epsy, which led to numerous allegations of racism against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith. Following Senator Thad Cochran’s resignation from the Senate in April due to health reasons, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, with a special election scheduled for election day on November 6th. However, in Mississippi, a candidate must win a majority of the vote, not a plurality. Often, the top two vote-getters will go to a runoff. Four candidates ran for the Senate seat this November: incumbent Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, Republican Chris McDaniel, Democrat Mike Espy, and Democrat Tobey Bartee. Hyde-Smith and Espy received the most votes and moved onto a runoff election. During the campaign, Hyde-Smith made a “joke” about lynching, leading to heavy media scrutiny of her campaign and history. A Mississippi newspaper reported that Hyde-Smith attended a segregated private school when she was younger and her daughter now attends that school today. Hyde-Smith also suggested while campaigning that college students should have their votes suppressed. Additionally, Hyde-Smith spent much of her career praising […]

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