GOP US Sen. Hyde-Smith Wins Divisive Runoff

30 November, 2018, 02:19 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Cindy Hyde Smith in front of books and an American flag

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) has won the runoff election for U.S. Senate in Mississippi.

Espy was a clear underdog in the runoff election to unseat Hyde-Smith, who was appointed by the governor to complete Cochran's term. Given Mississippi's recent pro-Republican complexion (it's been a long time since a Democrat won a Senate, gubernatorial or presidential election there) and history of racial polarization, the idea of an African-American Democrat like Espy winning seemed remote, even though Hyde-Smith ran a awful campaign marked by serial gaffes of a racially inflammatory nature.

During her victory speech, Hyde-Smith promised that she will "represent every Mississippian".

Polls show four-term State Attorney Jim Hood defeating any Republican hopeful and becoming the state's first Democratic governor in 16 years. She at first refused to apologize, and only at last week's debate did she offer a conditional apology "to anyone offended".

When I used the results of other Senate races this year and controlled for incumbency and past presidential vote, a Hyde-Smith win of about 7 percentage points was predicted.

Mr Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi".

Hyde-Smith, 59, is the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi.


Hyde-Smith will now fill out the remainder of former Republican Sen. She accused Espy of twisting her words for political gain. 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". Hyde-Smith and her allies pounded on him for lobbying for the former president of the Ivory Coast, who faces charges of crimes against humanity.

In photos posted to her Facebook account in 2014, Hyde-Smith was pictured posing with Confederate artifacts during a visit to Beauvoir, the home and library of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

'Also the Major League Baseball commissioner donated the max he could to her confederate a** campaign and that was after her crack mouth said she would attend a public hanging, ' wrote Schumer. Over the weekend, the Jackson Free Press reported that Hyde-Smith had attended a segregated high school in the 1970s.

That created a possible opening for Espy.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith held a strong lead in polling but there was talk in the last few days that this could turn into a closer race than it appeared.

Her comments brought more scrutiny to her campaign. The accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore were the final straw, while Hyde-Smith had room to spare. If Espy had won, he would have been the first black senator from MS since the Civil War of 1861-65. He tried to recreate a coalition that propelled Democrat Doug Jones to a Senate win in neighboring Alabama past year by energizing black voters, particularly women, and winning support from white swing voters.

But all that was not enough to fell her in a state with the most racially polarized voting in the country.

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