JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Senator Cindy-Hyde Smith has been declared the winner of the U.S. Senate Runoff in Mississippi.
Hyde-Smith has defeated Democrat Mike Espy in the tightly-contested race and will serve out the final two years of Thad Cochran’s term. She became Mississippi’s first female Senator back in April when she was appointed to fill the seat.
She now becomes the first woman elected to either chamber of Congress from Mississippi.
Unofficial results from the election show Hyde-Smith with a lead of 55 percent over Espy with 44 percent.
The Mississippi U.S. Senate race drew nationwide attention after Hyde-Smith was caught on camera joking about attending a “public hanging”.
Governor Phil Bryant congratulated Hyde-Smith on Twitter following her victory.
Chris McDaniel, Republican candidate who was defeated in the U.S. Senate special election, released a statement on Twitter.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba issued a statement following Cindy Hyde-Smith’s victory saying:
“The result tonight was not as we desired, but we ultimately understand that every defeat is not as great of a defeat as it may initially seem, and every victory is not as large of a victory as it may initially seem. And so, we have to identify what the lessons are to be gleaned from this circumstance. How do we build a stronger movement? How do we encourage people to still participate in this process and demand the type of leadership that speaks to their interest? Demand a better Mississippi? Demand a better world? And so, I commend my friend, Mike Espy, for his effort. I commend his family. It is a tremendous sacrifice. A million people can tell you how to run your campaign, but very few people actually experience this process to know the ebbs and flows, the good and bad. And so, I commend him for offering himself. And, I challenge Senator Hyde-Smith to unify Mississippi. This ultimately became a somewhat divisive campaign and we have a state that can potentially be divided if the right effort is not put forth. And so, I challenge her to work continuously to unify this state and build this state to one that supports everyone.”
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