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Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy in the state's runoff Senate election on Tuesday night, according to reports. Speaking to reporters later, she said Trump had called to congratulate her and said she'd "been through a storm" and "survived it with grace".
As Hyde-Smith attempted to push back against the political fallout from a disastrous stretch of her senate campaign, her polling advantage over Espy seemed to have dwindled along with her campaign funds.
Espy kept to a theme he's emphasized repeatedly: He'd be a senator for all of Mississippi. He needs white voters, as well.
She vowed in her victory speech to represent all Mississippians. The GOP pumped resources into MS, and Trump made a strong effort on behalf of Hyde-Smith, holding last-minute rallies Monday in Mississippi.
"We have worked very hard, and we feel very good", Hyde-Smith said. He urged her to apologize for her comment about being willing to join a supporter in the front row of a public hanging, according to a person briefed on the call. My feelings on her are best expressed by the above video, ' wrote a pregnant Schumer, who in the accompanying video could be seen vomiting.
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It appears that Hyde-Smith neither consolidated the Republican vote completely, nor gave Republicans the kind of statewide special election turnout advantage they usually enjoy in the South.
"This comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me", Hyde-Smith said. For now, she is an unknown factor, we don't know if she will be a good Senator or a bad one. Most said they were unsatisfied with their choices. Hold this gun.' It was a fun time. She later sent her daughter to a similar school.
Several businesses, including giant retailer Walmart, had demanded Hyde-Smith return their donations after her public hanging comment.
Hyde-Smith appeared likely to coast to election after November 8, when she took 42 percent of the vote to Espy's 41 percent and Tea Party-aligned Chris McDaniel's (R) 17 percent in the all-party primary. Hyde-Smith will serve in the seat until 2020, the end of the six-year term Cochran won in 2014.
"Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi", Trump tweeted Tuesday night. The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982. Espy is trying for the same kind of longshot win fellow Democrat Doug Jones had almost a year ago in neighboring Alabama, another conservative Deep South state where Republicans hold most statewide offices. Thad Cochran. A runoff was necessary because none of the candidates won more than 50 percent of the votes on Election Day. But if black voters rise to 40 percent of the electorate and Espy wins 9 out of 10, he needs less than a quarter of white votes for victory. It also led to a high profile stunt involving nooses and signs left on the Mississippi Capitol grounds yesterday. Hyde-Smith made some serious errors, but do they outweigh those of Espy? She noted that the country's ex-president, Laurent Gbagbo, is being tried in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. "That really offended me", said Charles Connley, 60, a black voter from Picayune. "I resigned the contract". And she strategically avoided press questions as Espy's campaign criticized her for the comments.
"I've said all along, this isn't about me".