Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Re-Election in Mississippi Runoff Election

Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde Smith speaks during an election night party in Jackson Mississippi U.S Republican Candidate Hyde Smith Wins Senate Race in Mississippi – Reports REUTERS Jonathan Bachman
| 30 November, 2018, 03:08

"It's given our state another black eye that we don't need".

Therefore in a political environment in which Democrats are winning the national vote by high single digits, we wouldn't expect a Democrat to win a Senate seat in Mississippi.

With the victory, Hyde-Smith became the first woman from MS to be elected to Congress, and joins the record 23 other women who will serve in Congress beginning in January.

Throughout the day Tuesday, many precincts reported lines that were steady but slow.

Attack ads looped on statewide television since November 6. Espy was initially considered a long-shot candidate, but the same was true in last year's special election race in Alabama when Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a stunning upset over Roy Moore - a controversial Republican former judge who was damaged by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. "But our future is". There's one more House seat in contention in California.

Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy, who was vying to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction, during Tuesday's runoff.

Espy was running to make history himself.

The polls had her heavily favored in the reliably Republican state, but she became engulfed in a political storm over a video showing her praising a supporter at an event by saying, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row".


A week before the runoff election to decide who would permanently fill the seat Hyde-Smith was appointed to after longtime Sen. Hyde-Smith should be asking themselves. She has voted with Trump 100 percent of the time, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight. You or I could have done the same thing.

Espy, after casting his ballot Tuesday morning, responded by recounting how his grandfather spent a lifetime helping the state's black residents, including by founding a hospital so women would not give birth in the cotton fields. Espy talked often about the comment during the runoff. He resigned his position in President Bill Clinton's Cabinet amid an investigation into accusations that he improperly accepted gifts. Although the former congressman was acquitted, Hyde-Smith hammered Espy on that as well as his lobbying work for the government of the Ivory Coast. She fared well in traditional Republican strongholds where Trump was strong in 2016, including Rankin County, a mostly white suburb of Jackson. By midmorning, turnout was about two-thirds of what it was three weeks ago. They said, 'Put this cap on. Officials said roughly 800,000 votes were cast. The site doesn't mention LGBTQ issues, but she has previously said that marriage equality goes against her "personal and religious beliefs". "She's the best of the worst".

Nonetheless, he voted for Hyde-Smith. Ultimately, the lack of a more honest apology, and the questions surrounding why Hyde-Smith would make the comment in the first place - especially in light of Mississippi's bleak history of public hangings of black Americans - is deeply troubling. They may have been ill-suited and insensitive, they said, but that didn't mean she was racist. "I wish she hadn't said it, but I don't think she was aiming it at any race".

Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi.

Gbagbo, who is now on trial for human rights abuses, has refused to cede power in the region claiming that all who oppose him are attempting to overthrow his legitimate government (despite losing the election).

Espy, an attorney, said: "I found out later that this guy, the president, was a really bad guy".

"We are all very proud of you", the president wrote.

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