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Hyde-Smith Defeats Espy in Mississippi, But Not By the Expected Margin

Hyde-Smith Defeats Espy in Mississippi, But Not By the Expected Margin”

After Ms Hyde-Smith's victory was declared, Mr Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi".

The runoff to serve the last two years of former Republican Senator Thad Cochran's term was triggered after neither Espy nor Hyde-Smith secured more than half of the vote needed to settle the November 6 special election.

Hyde-Smith, the white former state lawmaker who was appointed to the Senate in April, overcame a controversy after her comment on public hangings.

CNN devoted a couple of thousand words to decrying Hyde-Smith's win, highlighting her various gaffes and public embarrassments while completely failing to mention that her opponent received payments from a tyrant accused of multiple murders and the encouragement of rape. A two-term state agriculture commissioner, the Republican was viewed as the best bet to head off a primary challenger from conservative firebrand Chris McDaniel, a state senator who had nearly knocked off Cochran in 2014. "That really offended me", said Charles Connley, 60, a black voter from Picayune.

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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.

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As corporations started to ask Hyde-Smith for refunds of their campaign contributions, scrutiny of the senator's past continued. Hyde-Smith's daughter later attended a similar private school established around the same time, according to the Free Press.

In 2014, Hyde-Smith posted a picture on Facebook of herself wearing a replica of a Confederate army hat.

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Hyde-Smith and Espy were the top vote-getters among several candidates in a special election to replace retiring GOP Sen.

She had the backing of the state and national Republican establishment and by Trump throughout the controversies. As a candidate, Espy struck a moderate tone, opening last week's debate with a "Mississippi first" slogan that implicitly alluded to Trump's own rhetoric.

As it stands now, major American corporations and brands including Walmart, Major League Baseball, Google and AT&T have all demanded that Hyde-Smith return their donations to her campaign. "And Cindy showed that throughout her campaign". The accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore were the final straw, while Hyde-Smith had room to spare.

Espy, meanwhile, would have become Mississippi's first black senator since the era of Reconstruction. And southern Democrats will continue to feel some frustration at their three strong but ultimately unsuccessful performances behind the historic statewide candidacies of African-Americans Espy, Stacey Abrams (Georgia gubernatorial nominee) and Andrew Gillum (Florida gubernatorial nominee).

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