Mississippi election results: Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi Senate race runoff against Mike Espy

Republican voters rally behind Hyde-Smith despite reservations

Republican voters in Mississippi may not be thrilled with Hyde-Smith as a candidate, but they are coalescing behind her as the GOP candidate in the race.

“She’s a Republican, I guess,” said Jerry Smith, a grandfather and longtime Mississippi resident, about why he was voting for Hyde-Smith. He was not deterred by the backlash to her racially-tinged comments about being willing to attend a “public hanging.”

“I think it’s been overblown,” Smith said over a simmering plate of Chinese…

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