Mississippi Republican overcomes gaffes to win final 2018 Senate race

Mississippi Republican overcomes gaffes to win final 2018 Senate race

Mississippi Republican overcomes gaffes to win final 2018 Senate race

MS voters on Tuesdayelectedcontroversial Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to a full Senate term, putting an end to a tumultuous runoff election, the last federal election of the 2018 midterms.

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.

"Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi".

"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.

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

"Mississippians know me and they know my heart, and thank you for stepping up", she added. The final tally isn't in yet but with 88% of precincts reporting, Hyde-Smith leads 54.8% to Espy's 45.2 percent.

The comments by Hyde-Smith, who is white, made Mississippi's history of racist lynchings a theme of the runoff and spurred many black voters to return to the polls on Tuesday.


Hyde-Smith's victory, coming after her comments about joining a supporter on the front row of a public hanging, bolsters the Republican majority in the Senate and illustrates President Donald Trump's ability to rally his supporters behind a struggling campaign.

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

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.

Most of her supporters shrugged off her public-hanging comments. 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. The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982.

Hyde-Smith won the election on a variety of promises including lower taxes, lighter regulations, protecting the life of unborn babies, and better support for the military, police, and war veterans.

Gbagbo, who is now on trial for human rights abuses, has refused to cede power in the region claiming that all who oppose him are attempting to overthrow his legitimate government (despite losing the election).

Still, Espy often struggled to address accusations of ethical lapses. Those turned out to be a form of protest against Hyde-Smith, thought that wasn't clear when the story was first reported. Hyde-Smith's daughter later attended a similar private school established around the same time, according to the Free Press.

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