The mainstream media used every stereotype of Mississippi to portray Cindy Hyde-Smith as an unelectable rightwing extremist in order to boost Mike Espy.
Projection: Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) has defeated Mike Espy (D) in the #MSSEN runoff. But she's done so w/ an underwhelming margin for an R in MS.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 28, 2018
With 69 percent of precincts reporting, Cindy Hyde-Smith has a commanding 12-point lead over Mike Espy. The executive editor of the Clarion Ledger, Mississippi's largest newspaper, has called the election for Hyde-Smith.
More updates here: https://t.co/yUrLy9uOsg
— Nicole Goodkind (@NicoleGoodkind) November 28, 2018
.@NBCNews projects that Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will defeat Democrat Mike Espy in Tuesday night's special Senate election in Mississippi, a contest tainted by race-related controversies. https://t.co/Wl8jLN2zBt
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) November 28, 2018
Decision Desk HQ projects Cindy Hyde-Smith has defeated Democrat Mike Espy in the MS Senate Special Election.https://t.co/pGCg1uu6lV
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 28, 2018
Oh, and Cindy Hyde-Smith has won the Mississippi Senate race.
Note: Mike Espy joins the list of other 2018 midterms African-American losers which includes Ben Jealous in Maryland, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Mia Love in Utah and John James in Michigan.