Mississippi proved once again Tuesday that is it a conservative state whose residents prefer Republican policies when voters elected GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith – a steadfast supporter of President Trump – to complete the term of former Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.
The president traveled to Mississippi on Monday to campaign for Hyde-Smith and seal the deal for her election, just as did earlier for other Republican senators-elect: Kevin Cramer in North Dakota, Josh Hawley in Missouri, Mike Braun in Indiana and Rick Scott in Florida.
Taking nothing for granted, President Trump went “all in” for Hyde-Smith by holding huge get- out-the-vote rallies first in Tupelo in northern Mississippi and then in Biloxi in the southern part of the state.
Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in the spring by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to replace Cochran when Cochran retired due to poor health.
Hyde-Smith defeated former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, a Democrat who had served in President Clinton’s Cabinet and who was also a former member of the U.S. House. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Hyde-Smith was ahead of Espy by a margin of 54.4 to 45.6 percent.
Tuesday’s election was a run-off, required because two other candidates for the Senate who trailed in the Nov. 6 midterm election prevented either Hyde-Smith or Espy from winning a majority of votes.