Mississippi Republican overcomes gaffes to win final 2018 Senate race

Mississippi Republican overcomes gaffes to win final 2018 Senate race

Beating former United States Secretary of Agriculture under Bill Clinton, Mike Espy, Hyde-Smith will retake the seat she was appointed to after retiring Sen.

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.

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

Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi. "This win tonight, this victory, it's about our conservative values, it's about the things that mean the most to all of us Mississippians: our faith, our family". "It's given our state another black eye that we don't need".

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. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, who retired for health reasons.

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And Espy, while a serious candidate, had baggage of his own. Had he won on Tuesday, he would've been the first African American in MS elected to the Senate. Mike Espy 56 percent to 44 percent when The Associated Press called the race. "We are all proud of you".

Because neither Hyde-Smith nor Espy garnered more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day - both received slightly more than 40 percent -the race advanced to a runoff. In and itself that is not necessarily problematic, but the caption Hyde-Smith posted below the photo, presumably written by her, clearly said that Confederate artifacts and weapons represent "Mississippi history at its best!" Now that the results are in, it looks like that was mostly wishful thinking coming from the left.

Espy says he's proud of the "historic campaign" he ran and is thanking supporters for their help. "We did have good people to come out, but we still have a long way to go".

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".

With 76 percent of precincts reporting, Hyde-Smith led former Democratic Rep. Supporters, including a group of about a dozen of Hyde-Smith's cousins and longtime friends, all dressed in red, held up campaign signs as Martina McBride's "This One's For the Girls" pumped through the speakers. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven, who has held Hyde-Smith's old seat since 2011.

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"I don't talk to them as white voters".

She was supposed to enjoy an easy path to election following a November 6 primary that included her, Espy and conservative Republican firebrand Chris McDaniel.

According to ballotpedia.org, the runoff decides through a secondary primary election which of the top candidates from the first primary election will be elected to office.

The election marks the end of a bitter and expensive race. Espy talked often about the comment during the runoff. Most prominently, footage of remarks Hyde-Smith made earlier this month about being willing to attend a "public hanging" drew national attention.

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.

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