Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi US Senate runoff amid racial controversies

Cindy Hyde Smith and Mike Espy

MS voters went back to the polls today for an unusual special U.S. Senate election runoff, with incumbent Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith (who was appointed to the position earlier this year) heavily favored over former congressman and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy.

Earlier this month, Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy (D) were the top-two finishers in the special election to replace Thad Cochran (R), who resigned in April due to health issues. The comments from Hyde-Smith, who is white, were quickly seized upon by Espy, who was vying to become not only the first Democrat the state had elected to the Senate in almost four decades, but also the first African-American senator from the state since Reconstruction.

The Republicans pumped resources into Mississippi, and USA president Donald Trump made a strong effort on behalf of Ms Hyde-Smith, holding last-minute rallies in Mississippi on Monday. Hyde-Smith will serve in the seat until 2020, the end of the six-year term Cochran won in 2014. She at first refused to apologize, and only at last week's debate did she offer a conditional apology "to anyone offended".

Hyde-Smith and Espy emerged from a field of four candidates November 6 to advance to Tuesday's runoff.

Speaking to supporters after her win, Hyde-Smith vowed to fight for everyone in the state when she goes to Washington.

The victory of Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to fill the seat of Sen.

Manafort reportedly visited WikiLeaks' Assange in lead-up to election
He then launched into an attack on Mueller's investigation and team of prosecutors, who he claimed are unduly coercing Manafort. Manafort and WikiLeaks both said there were no such meetings.

The public outcry against her marks was loud and angry and "moved the dial" to Espy, according to political columnist Geoff Pender of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. An ad from his campaign released that day said, "We can't afford a senator who embarrasses us and reinforces the stereotypes we've worked so hard to overcome".

"And then they remind me, that there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don't want to vote", she said at a campaign stop. Hyde-Smith now leads 56 percent to 44 percent, although the remaining uncounted vote figures to be Democratic-leaning. "Mississippi history at its best!" she wrote in the post.

That created a possible opening for Espy. It was the centerpiece of her campaign.

Democrats hoped Espy would be able to peel off some educated white voters who were turned off by Hyde-Smith's controversial comments.

The controversies surrounding her set off a major push by national Republicans to avoid the same embarrassment they'd suffered a year ago in Alabama over the Senate campaign of Roy Moore and save Hyde-Smith.

Democrats had hoped a surge in turnout among black voters - who make up almost 40% of Mississippi's population, the largest share in the nation - could carry Espy to victory in a state that is highly polarized along racial lines, with most white voters backing GOP candidates and black voters supporting Democrats. While he was eventually acquitted on all charges, the Mississippi Democrat has been out of public office for almost 25 years, spending the past decade as a private attorney. Working with the state Democratic Party, the campaign sent millions of text messages reminding potential supporters to vote.

Related:

  • Target Cyber Monday Deal: Save 15 Percent on Almost Everything

    Target Cyber Monday Deal: Save 15 Percent on Almost Everything

    Attention Target shoppers, there's a pretty wide deal that covers much of, but not all of, the mega-retailer's products. The long shopping weekend isn't over just yet, as Amazon's Cyber Monday 2018 deals have gone live in Canada.
    Snowstorm closes schools, grounds flights, triggers state of emergency

    Snowstorm closes schools, grounds flights, triggers state of emergency

    The Chicago area was slammed with up to 30 centimetres of wet snow, and whiteout conditions stalled commuter traffic on the roads. The region could see whiteouts and slick roads throughout Sunday, making travel hard if not impossible at times, Brink said.
    Wallabies Axed Over Women In Hotel Room

    Wallabies Axed Over Women In Hotel Room

    The under-fire coach seemed surprised that he would have to front the Rugby Australia board and give a season review, believing he did that after the third Bledisloe Cup last month.
  • NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

    NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

    On the surface, Mars is covered in red dust that is rich in iron oxide; this coating earned it the nickname "Red Planet". Nasa is hoping to make history tonight by successfully landing a robotic spacecraft on the surface of Mars .
    Chuck Schumer’s latest attack on Trump called out for extreme hypocrisy

    Chuck Schumer’s latest attack on Trump called out for extreme hypocrisy

    As Jessica Levenson of Loyola Law School notes, the president conflates judicial philosophy with political partisanship. It was not the first time Roberts had been asked to comment, but it was the first time he chose to go public.
    Dead, 27 Rescued In Boat Accident

    Dead, 27 Rescued In Boat Accident

    By Sunday morning, at least 23 bodies had been recovered from Lake Victoria, where a boat capsized on Saturday afternoon. Francis said he survived twice, after the rescue boat that was sent out, also submerged due to the over load.
  • Champions League roundup: Messi's spectacular solo goal helps Barça through

    Champions League roundup: Messi's spectacular solo goal helps Barça through

    PSV are off to a ideal start in the Eredivisie and are gaining consideration as one of the great Eredivisie teams in history. PSV Eindhoven did all it could to stifle Lionel Messi . "It was a poorly taken free kick, but luckily Pique was there".
    More than 100 injured after gas attack in Syria

    More than 100 injured after gas attack in Syria

    Health official Haj Taha later said the number of injured was up to 50, adding that symptoms suggest the gas used was chlorine. A doctor said the situation of the patients was stable, noting that a child had to be taken to the intensive care unit.
    Tom Brady Was Every Michigan Fan Reacting To Humiliating Ohio State Loss

    Tom Brady Was Every Michigan Fan Reacting To Humiliating Ohio State Loss

    Ohio State the only thing that matters? "Motivated to come back and make darn sure it doesn't happen again", Harbaugh said. Remember, Ohio State has trailed OU in the CFP Top 25 in each of the past four rankings.
  • Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to Khashoggi killing

    Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to Khashoggi killing

    Proponents argue US targeting support and refueling support (which the administration ceased recently) are hostilities. Lawmakers in Washington voted on Wednesday to advance a resolution to end U.S. support for a Saudi-led war in Yemen.
    Video of Border Patrol agent's gender-reveal explosion that sparked wildfire released

    Video of Border Patrol agent's gender-reveal explosion that sparked wildfire released

    The incident, which happened in April 2017, resulted in 800 firefighters being called as the fire burned for nearly two weeks. Dickey, 37, immediately reported the fire and admitted to being responsible for it, according to a news release from the U.S.
    Nooses, protest signs found outside Mississippi Capitol

    Nooses, protest signs found outside Mississippi Capitol

    Attorney Mike Hurst of Mississippi's Southern District said the postings would be investigated as "acts of hate and intimidation". It was not immediately known who put the nooses up or why. "In fact, I was so not guilty, I was innocent".

Comments

Latest news

First Lady in Virginia for opioid town hall discussion at Liberty University
Trump called the opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history. "About a pound of fentanyl can cause 150,000 deaths". It's not the first time Stephen King's horror hotel movie has been mentioned in connection with the first lady's holiday tastes.

Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm
His name came about because another cattle Pearson had at the time - a Brahman steer - befriended him. Owner Geoff Pearson said Knickers was too heavy to go to the slaughterhouse.

Kudlow: Trump ‘Positive’ Going Into Meeting With Chinese Leader Xi
And Trump will close out the trip with a working dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping . But Kudlow's comments indicate Trump is more upbeat about the prospects.

Manchester United's Victor Lindelof misses training ahead of Young Boys clash
It was a very big challenge for me, with some of the things that he has said in the past, especially in the previous year or two. Traffic problems in Manchester also delayed the team's arrival at Old Trafford ahead of the defeat to Juventus .

Ukraine says two navy vessels hit by Russian fire
In a speech on Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Moscow must respect worldwide law and territorial sovereignty. A video posted to Twitter shows a Russian boat purposely ramming a Ukrainian tugboat on Sunday near the Kerch Strait.

Union clings to GM plant in area where Trump promised jobs
Lordstown Local School District expects to lose 10 percent of its budget - $800,000 per year, said Superintendent Terry Armstrong. The company also said the plan would make the company more efficient, saving it $6 billion a year by the end of 2020.

U.S. Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan
Afghan security forces members expressed condolences for the Americans fatally wounded by the latest violence in the province. Jasso was likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force", according to an Operation Resolute Support press release.

Harry, Meghan Moving Into Reportedly Grand 'Cottage'
Officially, Harry was always supposed to make the trip alone but palace insiders say that it was meant to be a joint visit. Speaking to the publication, a source revealed that Kate finds Meghan hard and that they're just "very different people ".

Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations
Another four trees are in the White House library. "For the 51st year, the White House Crèche will also be on display". In the China Room there are three tables recreated from previous state dinners during the Theodore Roosevelt, John F.

Argument at Florida Walmart leads to gunfire, and woman is killed
The suspect is in custody after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Ocala Police Department said on Twitter . Ocala Fire Rescue says that they responded the the Walmart a little before 2:30pm, after reports of an active shooter.

GM to slash up to 14,000 jobs in North America
The decline of traditional passenger cars in favor of larger SUVs and pickup trucks has been a major factor in GM's evolution. Governor-elect Mike DeWine noted the importance of the plant and is planning to personally speak with GM on the issue.

USA closes Mexican border crossing, repels some migrants with tear gas
The refugees are legally allowed to apply for asylum in the U.S. , but this process has been known to take as long as a year. There, some attempted to get through the fencing and wire separating the two countries, leading US agents to fire tear gas.

Climate change could cost United States 'hundreds of billions' a year, report warns
The National Climate Assessment report finds these warming temperatures will increase risks for outdoor jobs and activities. Crucially, the report added that the mammoth damage could be changed, if the greenhouse gas emission could curb sharply.

Black Friday brings out shoppers looking for deals
Black Friday is expected to be the busiest shopping day of the year, according to ShopperTrak, a technology company. Many Black Friday sales and deals will continue into the weekend. "I think overall spending will be decent".

Copa Libertadores Final Gets Postponed Again Over Team Bus Attack
On Saturday, Boca said they were in no position to play the game due to the injured parties needing medical treatment at hospital. The first leg between the two sides was delayed 24 hours itself because of a waterlogged pitch at Boca's stadium.

Other news