Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins US Senate race in Mississippi

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Hyde-Smith defeated Espy, a former congressman and US secretary of agriculture, 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent on Tuesday.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) has won the runoff election for U.S. Senate in Mississippi.

Hyde-Smith, 59, finished first in the general election among four candidates on November 6, but did not receive more than 50 percent of the vote, which triggered the runoff. The comments from Hyde-Smith, who is white, were quickly seized upon by Espy, who was vying to become not only the first Democrat the state had elected to the Senate in almost four decades, but also the first African-American senator from the state since Reconstruction.

The rhetorical gaffe that got the most attention was an off-hand comment about being willing to sit in the front row of a hanging that Hyde-Smith made a couple weeks ago. Hyde-Smith described her public hanging comments as just a cowgirl referencing western movies. Still, bolstered by unwavering support from President Donald Trump in historically conservative Mississippi, Hyde-Smith cruised to a relatively easy victory.

This didn't sit well with Hyde-Smith, who "strongly objected" to the ceremony and asked that state law change to provide "clear and straightforward definitions about what activities can take place on the property owned by the State of MS". "And that's why I believe this is one of the most important elections in our lifetime".

Espy was running to make history himself. You or I could have done the same thing.

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Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the Senate earlier this year after GOP Sen. Espy was initially considered a long-shot candidate, but the same was true in last year's special election race in Alabama when Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a stunning upset over Roy Moore - a controversial Republican former judge who was damaged by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Hyde-Smith's victory secures the party's 53rd Senate seat for the next two years, compared to 47 for Democrats, up from the current 51-49 Republican majority. He was handed a 30-count indictment for taking improper gifts as Secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton. Most said they were unsatisfied with their choices.

Her supporters said the furor over her comments was overblown. Hyde-Smith now leads 56 percent to 44 percent, although the remaining uncounted vote figures to be Democratic-leaning. They may have been ill-suited and insensitive, they said, but that didn't mean she was racist. It also led to a high profile stunt involving nooses and signs left on the Mississippi Capitol grounds yesterday. "I don't give a damn what other people think", Charles Evers said.

'I guess what I'm really saying is F*** Hyde-Smith and anyone who voted for her.

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).

"While not the results we were hoping for, I am still so proud of this very historic campaign", said Espy.

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