Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins divisive Mississippi Senate vote

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins divisive Mississippi Senate vote

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeats Democrat Mike Espy in special election; Peter Doocy reports from Jackson, Miss.

In Tuesday's race, 59-year-old Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy, a former USA agriculture secretary who hoped to become Mississippi's first African-American senator since Reconstruction.

On Monday, Trump staged an intervention and swooped into the state, staging two rallies and one roundtable event, in an attempt to seal the deal for Hyde-Smith, whose candidacy has appeared uncertain in the final weeks of her campaign.

Hyde-Smith and Espy faced off in the runoff after earning the most votes in the special election nonpartisan "jungle primary", which goes to a runoff when no candidate earns a majority of the votes. Hyde-Smith was heavily criticized after video footage emerged of her saying of a supporter in Tupelo, Mississippi, "if he invited me to a public hanging, I would be on the front row". "There was no ill will, intent whatsoever in my comments", she said. But Hyde-Smith proved to be a flawed candidate whose candidacy prompted investment from national groups from both parties. Thad Cochran stepped down due to health issues. Espy would have been the first African-American elected from the state since Reconstruction. That will set a new record for women serving in the Senate, one more than the current high, set during this Congress. Perhaps the Democrats should count themselves lucky that not only did the people of MS dodge a bullet, but they have unwittingly cut off one avenue of attack that would shame them all.

Hyde-Smith's win over Espy, who was also a former three-term congressman, came a day after campaign rallies by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Biloxi and Tupelo.

Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas' Wedding Celebrations Begin With Puja. See Pics
As per previous media reports , a sangeet ceremony, a mehendi function and a Christian wedding is on the schedule line-up. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas arrived at Madhu Chopra's residence this afternoon dressed in Indian attires.

Wall St set to open lower on Trump tariff threat
ET is expected to show that its consumer confidence index slipped to 135.9 in November from a reading of 137.9 in the prior month. Depends on what the rate is", Trump said, referring to the possibility of tariffs on mobile phones and laptops.

General Motors to slash 14,700 jobs in North America
Trump said General Motors owed the country after having been bailed out by tax payer money following the 2008 financial crash. It plans to reduce annual capital spending to $7bn by 2020 from an average of $8.5bn a year during the 2017-2019 period.

The AP has called the runoff for Hyde-Smith, more or less officially putting a cap on the evening.

The 59-year-old's comments were widely interpreted as alluding to Mississippi's history of lynchings and other racist violence. They also stuck by her as a photo was circulated of her wearing a replica Confederate military hat during a 2014 visit to Beauvoir, the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

"This comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me", Hyde-Smith said. Hyde-Smith's daughter later attended a similar private school established around the same time, according to the Free Press. He tried to recreate the coalition that propelled Democrat Doug Jones to a Senate win in neighboring Alabama a year ago by energizing black voters, particularly women, and winning support from white swing voters. The caption on the post read, "Mississippi history at its best!"

Hyde-Smith previously apologized for her hanging comment during a debate with Espy on November 20.

Yet, Hyde-Smith's win and the (relatively small) size of it makes a lot of sense when put in the context of this election cycle. She quickly pivoted to accusing her opponent of twisting her comment into a political attack against her.

Related Articles

  • CNN airs Nancy Pelosi profile amid House speaker fight

    CNN airs Nancy Pelosi profile amid House speaker fight

    Pelosi was speaker from 2007 through 2010 when Democrats held the majority and has been the party's leader since 2003. After one potential rival stepped aside, Pelosi is expected to easily win the majority from her ranks.
    Trump Threatens to Cancel Meeting With Putin After Russia-Ukraine Naval Clash

    Trump Threatens to Cancel Meeting With Putin After Russia-Ukraine Naval Clash

    Russia and Ukraine have had a tense relationship ever since a pro-Western social movement ousted a pro-Russian president in 2014. He later halved the martial law time frame to a month, which would allow the election to go ahead as planned .
    Mississippi's ugly past casts long shadow on Senate election

    Mississippi's ugly past casts long shadow on Senate election

    Her campaign later said the comment was a joke and the video had been "selectively altered", the Washington Post reported . She isn't optimistic about Espy's chances, but she's voting for him. "In fact, I was so not guilty, I was innocent".
  • United Kingdom  police investigate shocking bullying incident targeting Syrian boy

    United Kingdom police investigate shocking bullying incident targeting Syrian boy

    Speaking for the first time since the incident, the boy said: "I woke up at night and just started crying about this problem". It said an unconnected incident on 7 October, in which the same boy sustained a wrist injury, was investigated at the time.
    UNC reportedly hiring Mack Brown as next coach

    UNC reportedly hiring Mack Brown as next coach

    Fedora did wear out his welcome in Chapel Hill, NC, hence the move to bring someone aboard like Brown. Mack Brown is North Carolina's new football coach in a second stint with the Tar Heels.
    Caravan migrants explore options after Tijuana border clash

    Caravan migrants explore options after Tijuana border clash

    Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes office Saturday, declined Monday to comment on the border incident. Customs and Border Protection data shows tear gas has been deployed by the agency 126 times between fiscal years 2012 and 2018.
  • Kante must stick to role in Chelsea midfield, says Sarri

    Kante must stick to role in Chelsea midfield, says Sarri

    Kante, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes but in the wrong way. The whole performance against Spurs had clearly got him hot under the collar.
    Pilots struggled with flight systems in Indonesia crash

    Pilots struggled with flight systems in Indonesia crash

    Parts of an engine of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 are recovered from the sea during search operations in the Java Sea. However, they managed to land the plane safely after requesting an uninterrupted descent, and the problems were logged.
    Chinese scientist says a second pregnancy is underway

    Chinese scientist says a second pregnancy is underway

    But if they're true, the procedure will raise significant ethical questions around gene editing and so-called designer babies . Today the Southern University said it was " deeply shocked " by the reports and was seeking clarification from He.
  • Copa Libertadores Final To Be Played Outside Of Argentina

    Copa Libertadores Final To Be Played Outside Of Argentina

    Conmebol could instead force the second leg to be played behind closed doors or transfer the match to a neutral stadium. Football is not what we saw on the weekend.

    Cavs, 76ers have talked about Markelle Fultz deal

    Regardless of what they are asking for in exchange for Fultz, the Sixers have no choice but to make a move sooner than later. Should the Sixers and Markelle Fultz consider parting ways? He is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
    Mourinho tells players: ‘stay home’ if you can’t handle Old Trafford pressure

    Mourinho tells players: ‘stay home’ if you can’t handle Old Trafford pressure

    The former Aston Villa winger is set to become a free agent at the end of the current campaign following seven seasons at the 20-time English champions.