By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 11/28/18
Results have shown from last night that Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith narrowly defeated Democrat Mike Espy in the last Senate election of the year, bringing the Republican’s Senate majority to three, and the number of women in the Senate to 24, which is a new record.
Hyde-Smith is now the first female senator to represent the state of Mississippi, and has also defended the Republican seat that Thad Cochran resigned, meaning that Hyde-Smith will be up for reelection in 2020, as that was the rest of the term. In addition, allegations of racism have been made against Hyde-Smith for apparently joking about “attending a public hanging”. While she did apologize for her words, many donors asked for refunds.
Even though this is the last Senate election of 2018, there are still some house races that are too close to call. Last night, Democrat Xochitl Torres Small defeated incumbent Republican Yvette Herrell, bringing the Democrat’s seat pick up to 39, with just one race left to decide.
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