GOP Racist Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Senate Race in Mississippi

Larry Hoffman
November 30, 2018

Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith won re-election Tuesday in a MS runoff that should've been an easy victory but turned unexpectedly competitive after a late-stage controversy.

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 the Democrats a reliable Republican Senate seat in the Deep South.

"I've said all along, this isn't about me".

Hyde-Smith's comment on a public hanging is not dissimilar to other gaffes she has made. "This win tonight, this victory, it's about our conservative values". She will complete the final two years of the six-year term Cochran started.

Hyde-Smith is a former state agriculture and commerce commissioner who was appointed in April by the state's governor after the sudden retirement of Republican Senator Thad Cochran for health reasons. Tuesday's victor serves the last two of Cochran's six-year term.

Espy also faced his own controversial history.

Espy, meanwhile, would have become Mississippi's first black senator since the era of Reconstruction.

The AP called the race last night. "We are all very proud of you!" That upset some people who said it was insensitive in light of the state's history of lynchings.

As he left the stage with his family, many in the crowd shouted "we like Mike". Political experts will intensely examine the turnout patterns in all these states to determine whether a coalition of minority and white suburban voters might revolutionize southern elections in the very near future.

Hyde-Smith initially refused to apologize for the hanging remark, but said in a debate last week that she was sorry "for anyone that was offended".

But Hyde-Smith and Trump insisted that she's a loyal supporter of the president's agenda.

Hyde-Smith is now giving a victory speech.

"While we are hopeful that the Senator-elect will prove herself worthy of her new office, this election demonstrates the need to continue broadening the tent of civic and democratic participation in our nation", the pioneering civil rights organization said in a brief statement. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven, who has held Hyde-Smith's old seat since 2011. At a November 2 campaign stop, she praised a longtime supporter.

The Hyde-Smith and Espy runoff was tainted by race-related controversies. But because no one cleared 50 percent of the vote, they both advanced to Tuesday's runoff.

The election marks the end of a bitter and expensive race. Hyde-Smith's victory came after she joked about hangings on the campaign trail, and after photos emerged showing her posing with a Confederate Army cap and rifle.

Still, Espy often struggled to address accusations of ethical lapses. Remember her Republican opponent in round one was the even more conservative Chris McDaniel, whose voters would not be inclined to vote for Espy. Hyde-Smith's camp painted Espy as a corrupt politician, highlighting his federal corruption indictments when he served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the 1990s. He was acquitted on 30 corruption charges, but Republicans ran ads calling him "too corrupt for the Clintons". "And the media acts like that's okay?"

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