Cindy Hyde-Smith defeats Mike Espy

WASHINGTON (AP) —Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has been reelected in Mississippi, winning her first full term.

In a repeat of a 2018 special election, Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy as she tied herself closely to President Donald Trump. Hyde-Smith is the only woman to have represented Mississippi in the House or Senate.

Espy, a former U.S. agriculture secretary, said Republican policies had failed to help many Mississippians, particularly those who need health care. He was was vying to become Mississippi’s first Black senator since Reconstruction.

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