Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Miss. Senate Runoff After Racially Charged Campaign

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Donald Trump rallied with Cindy Hyde-Smith on election eve.

Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) resigned for health reasons in April, is hoping to hold her seat in Mississippi's special run-off election on Tuesday against Democrat Mike Espy.

"Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi", Trump tweeted Tuesday night.

Her supporters said the furor over her comments was overblown. Politico unearthed a 2014 post on Hyde-Smith's Facebook page that included a photo of her wearing a Confederate soldier's hat and holding a rifle during a visit to Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library in Biloxi.

The victory for Hyde-Smith comes after the left-wing mainstream media launched an all-out effort to stop Hyde-Smith by distorting remarks that she had made and past actions as signs that she was a racist. The state could soon have its first elected female senator or first black senator since Reconstruction.

Republicans even privately acknowledged that Hyde-Smith mangled her response to the video, and it wasn't until a debate last week that she offered a qualified apology.

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is the projected victor of the Senate runoff in MS, according to the Associated Press, overcoming a series of missteps that brought the state's dark history of racism and violence to the forefront.

The result gives Senate Republicans a 53-47 majority for the next term of Congress - and more breathing room to confirm President Trump's appointees to the federal bench, a top priority of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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'Mississippians know me and they know my heart, ' she said. While Hyde-Smith received about 54 percent of the vote, Espy got about 46 percent.

She had the backing of the state and national Republican establishment and by Trump throughout the controversies.

He tried to recreate the coalition that propelled Democrat Doug Jones to a Senate win in neighboring Alabama a year ago by energizing black voters, particularly women, and winning support from white swing voters.

The controversies surrounding her set off a major push by national Republicans to avoid the same embarrassment they'd suffered past year in Alabama over the Senate campaign of Roy Moore and save Hyde-Smith.

Several businesses, including giant retailer Walmart, had demanded Hyde-Smith return their donations after her public hanging remark.

A week later, she apologized for the public hanging comment but added that it was being "twisted" and "turned into a political weapon to be used against me" by Espy.

She also joked about making it "a little more difficult" for liberals to vote.

Espy denied the charge and said "we all know what came out of your mouth".

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