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Mississippi: GOP’s Cindy Hyde-Smith, Who Posed as Confederate Soldier, Wins Senate Seat

HeadlineNov 28, 2018

In Mississippi, Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has won a runoff special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Thad Cochran, who retired earlier this year for health reasons. Hyde-Smith’s victory came after she joked about hangings on the campaign trail, and after photos emerged showing her posing with a Confederate Army cap and rifle. Hyde-Smith captioned the photos, “Mississippi history at its best!” Hyde-Smith beat her Democratic challenger, former Congressmember Mike Espy, who’s African-American, with 53.9 percent of the vote. The outcome gives Republicans a 53-to-47 majority in the Senate, while Democrats will take control of the House after gaining at least 39 seats. There’s one more House seat in contention in California.

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