Breaking Down Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Mississippi Runoff Victory
With the conclusion of the Mississippi Senate race Tuesday night, the 2018 midterms are officially over (save for some ongoing vote counting in a California House district). Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace the retiring Sen. Thad Cochran, won the special election runoff contest by a healthy margin.
As a result, Hyde-Smith is the first woman ever elected to represent Mississippi in Washington. Her victory also seals Republicans 2018 Senate gains, as the GOP netted two seats, flipping seats in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, and North Dakota, while losing seats to Democrats in Arizona and Nevada. The overall make-up of the Senate is now 53 Republicans, 47 Democrats.
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Counties to Watch in Mississippi’s Runoff Election Tuesday
Every 2018 midterm Senate race in the country has been decided, save for one: the special election in Mississippi, where voters head to the polls for a runoff election on Tuesday.
In March, the 10th-longest serving U.S. Senator in history, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), announced his retirement effective April 1. A few weeks later, Gov. Phil Bryant (R-MS) appointed Cindy Hyde-Smith, the state’s agriculture and commerce commissioner, to fill the vacancy. Now Hyde-Smith is running to win the seat in her own right and become the first woman to do so from Mississippi.
On Election Day, she faced off against a man running to become the first black senator from the state since Reconstruction, Rep. Mike Espy (D-MS), along with conservative radio show host Chris McDaniel, and another lesser known Democrat, Tobey Bartee.
By election night, it was clear the race would head to a runoff between the two top finishers because no candidate would reach 50 percent of the vote. With just two candidates in the runoff, which counties will be the most important to securing victory for each? Sign up for AR Intel today to read more and find out!
2018 Midterms: What We Still Don’t Know, Part 2
Two days after the 2018 midterm elections, quite a few races are still up in the air, and the final make-up of the U.S. Congress is still in question. AR Intel is breaking down where things stand in the Senate and House races that still have not been called.
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AR Intel Week Ahead: 10-01-18
There are just 36 days left until the 2018 election.
The House is out for recess this week and will not return until after the midterm elections, giving its members opportunities for last-minute campaigning
The Senate has two items on its agenda for this week: voting on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization and Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
For Kavanaugh… A week-long FBI investigation was agreed to last Friday and is expected to conclude late this week. Votes on his nomination are expected to follow in short order.
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Top Takeaways from a Wild Primary and Runoff Night in America
Rep. Joe Crowley’s (D-NY) shocking defeat to 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, is garnering a lot of the headlines the morning after a wild primary night in several states. But runoffs in South Carolina and Mississippi also made headlines, along with a slew of other key races.
Democrats have some soul searching to do after far-left candidates successfully outmaneuvered establishment Democrats in several primary contests Tuesday night. For more on those stories and many others, become an AR Intel inside by clicking here.
POLL: Hyde-Smith leads U.S. Senate race, according to new poll
According to a new Mason-Dixon poll, former Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner and newly appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is ahead of her competition.
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