Democrats aim to mobilize African-American base, win back white moderates

JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) – Walking through his law office in Jackson, Mississippi, Mike Espy shows off a framed award from the National Rifle Association recognizing his pro-gun votes in Congress.

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy speaks during an interview in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. May 8, 2018. Picture taken May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Now running for U.S. Senate, Espy calls himself a free-trader, a budget-cutter, a job-creator, a Christian, a friend of the military and an admirer of retired Republican Senator Thad Cochran, whose seat he seeks.

One big difference between him and Cochran: Espy is a Democrat.

The centrist rhetoric reflects Espy’s challenge in trying to win this conservative stronghold and become the state’s first African-American senator since the late 1800s and…

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