Republican in 'public hanging' video wins Mississippi Senate race
Republican in 'public hanging' video wins Mississippi Senate race
Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi senate seat in special election
29 November, 2018, 08:08
Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith has defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy in the state's runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat. Thad Cochran, the former Appropriations Committee chairman who retired in April due to health concerns.
Hyde-Smith's victory preserves the 53-47 majority that Republicans will hold in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January, and allowed Trump to dodge a political bullet in the Deep South, which under normal circumstances is reliable Republican territory.
Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks to media after after winning the Senate runoff election against Mike Espy Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
"To the lawless caravans and illegal trespassers marching toward our border, it is very simple: Turn back now, go back home, we will not let you in", Trump said.
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.
"Mississippians know me and they know my heart, and thank you for stepping up", she added. "This is about the people of Mississippi, and what's important to the people of Mississippi", Hyde-Smith told a crowd of about 80 supporters at the Westin in Jackson on Tuesday night.
The race was marked by national attention directed at Hyde-Smith's remark this month complimenting a cattle rancher by saying, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row".
Her comments, and the backlash to them, made Mississippi's history of lynchings and violent suppression of black voting rights a theme of the runoff and spurred many black voters to return to the polls.
In the aftermath of the video, Republicans anxious they could face a repeat of last year's special election in Alabama, in which a flawed Republican candidate handed Democrats a reliable GOP Senate seat in the Deep South.
Most of her supporters shrugged off her public-hanging comments. Doug Jones successfully employed last year in Alabama to become the first Democrat elected to the Senate from that state in 25 years.
The victory of Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to fill the seat of Sen.
In 2014, Hyde-Smith posted a picture on Facebook of herself wearing a replica of a Confederate army hat.
Still, Espy often struggled to address accusations of ethical lapses.
Hyde-Smith, appointed to the seat seven months ago, becomes the first woman elected to the upper chamber from MS, and will finish a term that ends in two years. He was acquitted on 30 corruption charges, but Republicans ran ads calling him "too corrupt for the Clintons".
"We are so locked into the concept of tradition as in heritage; I'm sure I had relatives who fought in the Civil War".
Hyde-Smith is now giving a victory speech.
SF Giants Owner Donates To Controversial Senate Candidate MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings and violence against people who sought voting rights for black citizens. Cindy Hyde-Smith has received another donation from the baseball world - this time from the MLB front office.
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