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Mississippi Senate race heads to runoff

The Mississippi Senate race will stretch beyond Election Day, as Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy both advanced to a runoff after no candidate garnered more than 50 percent of the vote.

The runoff, which polling predicted, will take place on Nov. 27.

Hyde-Smith was appointed to fill Republican Sen. Thad Cochran’s (D-Miss.) seat, which was left open after Cochran retired due to health concerns. She received an endorsement from President Trump and has touted her conservative stances on issues like abortion, immigration and gun rights.

Espy, who served as agriculture secretary in the Clinton administration has tried to sell voters on his federal-level experience. Yet, his campaign has been dogged at times by a years-old bribery case that forced him to step down from his Cabinet position. Espy was acquitted of all charges.

Republican incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker won Mississippi’s regular Senate race handily, defeating Democratic challenger David Baria.

The runoff in Mississippi was one of a handful of races that could remain undecided for weeks after the Election Day dust has settled.

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