Cindy Hyde-Smith has won the Senate race in Mississippi, a runoff election which is the last of the 2018 midterms. This brings the GOP majority in the Senate to 53 over the Democrats’ 47.
Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi Senate runoff
Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has won Mississippi’s Senate runoff, defeating Democrat Mike Espy after drawing intense scrutiny for comments during the four-week runoff campaign.
Hyde-Smith had 54 percent of the vote to Espy’s 46 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting after the Associated Press called the race. The result means Republicans will hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate next year, and it makes Hyde-Smith the first woman elected to represent Mississippi in the Senate. She will have to run for reelection to a full term in 2020, after being appointed to fill Thad Cochran’s seat earlier this year…
Hyde-Smith’s win brought sighs of relief from Republicans, who see Mississippi as a practically automatic state for their party and feared any unusual circumstance upsetting the race, which took place just days after the Thanksgiving holiday. Republicans in Washington had been cautiously optimistic about a Hyde-Smith victory, but the party took no chances, sending more than 100 operatives to the state to run a massive program to turn out the vote and spending $3 million on TV bashing Espy and boosting their candidate.
This is great news for Republicans. Mitch McConnell is surely smiling tonight!