Backed Senate candidate wins election after controversy in Mississippi

Friday, 30 Nov, 2018

Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has won Mississippi's US Senate runoff election against Democrat Mike Espy.

Hyde-Smith replaces U.S. Sen.

Hyde-Smith's campaign website describes her as a "rock-solid conservative". Political experts will intensely examine the turnout patterns in all these states to determine whether a coalition of minority and white suburban voters might revolutionize southern elections in the very near future.

Espy's campaign argued that Hyde-Smith's "toxic comments" were an embarrassment to MS and could scare away economic investments. "We did have good people to come out, but we still have a long way to go". That's exactly what happened.

The comments by Hyde-Smith, who is white, made Mississippi's history of racist lynchings a theme of the runoff and spurred many black voters to return to the polls on Tuesday. That's right around the margin she ended up winning by.

Espy ran on a commonsense, moderate Democratic platform.

Manfred did not donate any money to Hyde-Smith's campaign, but the group which handles the league's political donations did in fact give $5,000 to the Republican. "And that's why I believe this is one of the most important elections in our lifetime".

Instead, Espy gained about 5 points in the runoff relative to his primary vote share of 41%. He tried to recreate the coalition that propelled Democrat Doug Jones to a Senate win in neighboring Alabama previous year by energizing black voters, particularly women, and winning support from white swing voters. She said she was joking in each instance. Hyde-Smith should be asking themselves.

As an isolated special election - and the last federal election of the 2018 cycle - the runoff attracted outsize national attention.

However, fearful Republicans scrambled on Monday to prevent Hyde-Smith from losing the Senate seat, prompting President Donald Trump to hold rallies in the state for Hyde-Smith in the hope of turning out his base to vote for her. Tonight's results bear out that polling. Republicans won three of those five seats. But that didn't dissuade voters in deeply Republican Mississippi, the only state that still has Confederate insignia on its flag.

It would not be business as usual for Democrats to celebrate a Republican victory, but with the special circumstances involved, a neutral observer might wonder why the left is not cheering for the GOP today. But surely, she is still the better choice than one whose actions we have seen, and which are morally repugnant. The state ranks 49th in the country for adults with a college degree.

Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi. He considerably underperformed in his prior statewide race for state supreme court.

The Republicans pumped resources into Mississippi, and U.S. president Donald Trump made a strong effort on behalf of Ms Hyde-Smith, holding last-minute rallies in Mississippi on Monday. However, Hyde-Smith's comments did not have the same electoral impact as the allegations of sexual assault against Moore did in Alabama.