The Wall Street Journal: Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi runoff election for Senate

Boosted by President Donald Trump, Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy in a Senate runoff election Tuesday that reopened old wounds from the state’s past battles with race and civil rights.

Espy, a former congressman and agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton, had called Hyde-Smith’s racially tinged campaign remarks a “black eye” for the Southern state. The Associated Press declared Hyde-Smith the winner.

Hyde-Smith is the first woman ever elected to represent Mississippi in Washington, having been appointed to her current Senate seat by Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the vacancy created when Sen. Thad Cochran resigned earlier this year citing poor health.

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