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Hyde-Smith fends off challenge from Espy in Mississippi

Hyde-Smith fends off challenge from Espy in Mississippi

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) is projected to win reelection, fending off a relatively high-profile challenge from Democrat Mike Espy.

The Associated Press called the race at 11:23 p.m. EST.

Hyde-Smith was favored to win the safely red seat despite being outraised significantly by Espy throughout the campaign. Espy’s bid was seen as a long shot in the deep-red state, though he garnered significant media attention.

Hyde-Smith first beat Espy for the Senate seat in November 2018, after they were forced into a runoff race because neither candidate won enough votes to declare victory. She was looking to hold on to her seat after being appointed to replace Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBottom line Bottom line Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future MORE (R-Miss.).