"While we are hopeful that the Senator-elect will prove herself worthy of her new office, this election demonstrates the need to continue broadening the tent of civic and democratic participation in our nation", the pioneering civil rights organization said in a brief statement. Cochran resigned for health reasons earlier this year, and GOP Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to the vacant seat earlier this year.
"The state has a history of racially motivated lynchings, and the comment angered many voters". About 30 minutes ago as I write this the race has been called and Cindy Hyde-Smith has defeated Mike Espy pretty handily.
She was supposed to enjoy an easy path to election following a November 6 primary that included her, Espy and conservative Republican firebrand Chris McDaniel.
CNN devoted a couple of thousand words to decrying Hyde-Smith's win, highlighting her various gaffes and public embarrassments while completely failing to mention that her opponent received payments from a tyrant accused of multiple murders and the encouragement of rape.
Most notably, at a public campaign event, Hyde-Smith said that if a supporter invited her to "a public hanging, I'd be on the front row". The senator's campaign responded to the report by attacking the "liberal media". "Maybe we want to make it just a little more hard". "And Cindy showed that throughout her campaign".
Meanwhile, her supporters, as well as some political analysts, said the furor over her comments was overblown, something Hyde-Smith alluded to in her victory speech Tuesday night. Cindy Hyde-Smith celebrate during an election night party in Jackson, Mississippi.
Espy said he called Hyde-Smith to concede the race and wish her well. Even Republicans say she badly mishandled the fallout, refusing to apologize for more than a week before issuing a quasi-apology to "anyone that was offended" during her debate with Espy.
"I want everybody to know, no matter who you voted for today, I'm going to always represent every Mississippian". She said she was joking in each instance.
In the final stretch, she portrayed the contest as a battle of ideologies and was aided by President Donald Trump, who visited the state on Monday for two rallies, as well as GOP groups who poured resources in the final stretch to bolster her campaign. She has voted with Trump 100 percent of the time, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight.
"Espy's position on the border, abortion, and his opposition to Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court made his election highly unlikely", a Republican strategist and former state legislator told Newsmax.
Supporters of Republican Sen.
"To the lawless caravans and illegal trespassers marching toward our border, it is very simple: Turn back now, go back home, we will not let you in", Trump said.