Final U.S. Senate race decided: Hyde-Smith’s (R) win grows Republican advantage to 53-47

Incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) defeated former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy (D) in the special election runoff for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, she led Espy by 8 percentage points, 54-46. Republicans have held both U.S. Senate seats from Mississippi since 1989.

Hyde-Smith will serve the remainder of retired Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R) term until January 3, 2021.

Republicans will hold a 53-47 majority in the U.S. Senate in the 116th Congress.

In the 17 special elections called to fill vacancies in the 115th Congress in 2017 and 2018, nine Republicans and eight Democrats won. Four races resulted in a partisan flip—all from Republican to Democratic—for U.S. Senate in Alabama and the 7th, 15th, and 18th Congressional Districts in Pennsylvania.

Three election forecasters called this race Leans RepublicanLikely Republican, and Solid Republican, respectively. No Democrat had represented Mississippi since John C. Stennis in 1989.

Read More
%d bloggers like this: