Hyde-Smith re-elected to U.S. Senate, defeats Mike Espy

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Cindy Hyde-Smith has been re-elected to the U.S. Senate with a 58-40% victory (when the race was called) over Democratic challenger and former Congressman Mike Espy. 

Senator Hyde-Smith will now serve her first full six-year term after she was initially appointed by former Governor Phil Bryant and subsequently elected in 2018 to fill the remainder of the late-Senator Thad Cochran’s term. 

The Republican Senator entered today’s election with the support of President Donald Trump. 

This became a race with national interest in the weeks leading up to the election as Democrats targeted the seat in hopes of flipping control of the Senate. Espy had raised a significant amount of money and received endorsements from the likes of former President Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden and several other prominent members of the party. 

Hyde-Smith’s re-election was crucial for Republicans as the party attempts to maintain its majority in the chamber while Democrats increased their hold in the House on election night.

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