This rerun has NOT been extensively covered in the media…
But it is one of the several races for office that Democrats have done well in the South, the Red’s Republican strong hold….
The next senator from Mississippi wasn’t decided on Election Day — instead, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy will face off in what is sure to be a close runoff election later this month.
Mississippi uses what’s known as a jungle primary: Every candidate from both parties runs in the first race on Election Day in November. If one candidate gets 50 percent of the total vote, they win. But if they don’t — and nobody did on Election Day — the top two candidates face each other in a runoff election the same month.
Neither Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the Senate this year to replace retiring incumbent Thad Cochran, nor Espy managed to clear 50 percent. But they were the top two vote-getters in what essentially ended up being a three-way race with conservative darling Chris McDaniel. They will face each other in the runoff on November 27.
Every Senate seat is critical — as the past year showed, with Republicans falling short of Obamacare repeal by one vote — and so the Mississippi runoff is sure to be the focus for both parties over the next month. Hyde-Smith has generally pulled ahead of Espy in a two-way race, but the Democrat is polling strongly enough that he does have an outside chance to pull off the upset…
A joke made by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo is making the rounds on social media.
Lamar White, publisher of The Bayou Brief, posted a tweet that shows Hyde-Smith speaking after receiving praise from a cattle rancher, Colin Hutchinson.
“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith says in the 10-second video clip.
The crowd laughed in response….