Mississippi Primary Election: Candidates for the United States Senate
It’s almost time to raise your voice as Mississippi’s Primary Elections are tomorrow. Voters will see 2020 presidential candidates as well as candidates for the congressional race.
As elections inch closer and closer, candidates continue to campaign.
Incumbent Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith does not face a primary challenger, but three Democrats are vying to replace her.
Mike Espy was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in the special election following Senator Thad Cochran’s resignation. Hyde-Smith defeated Espy 54 percent to 46 percent. “If you look at us, 47 percent, that’s the best a Democrat’s ever done in Mississippi, running for Senate since John Stennis in 1982. So at least now, you know I hadn’t run for office in 25 years before the last cycle, so now, some of the rust has been knocked off, I got a little bit better voice, and I think I know a lot better of what to do, and plus I’m running against a senator that hasn’t done anything.”
Democrat Tobey Bartee is also running for U.S. Senate in hopes to challenge Hyde-Smith, but Bartee first has to beat other Democratic candidate Mike Espy.
Bartee says he wants to make sure lawmakers are working toward building a better foundation for future generations. “One thing that we have consistently talked about over the course of the campaign is that voters have to start thinking about the long term. There is an unspoken promise that you will always leave the world itself, or the planet, or your community better off than what you found and we haven’t been making the type of investments that we need to the same way past generations have made for us and we have to be more thoughtful of that. We also say we’re at an inflection point in terms of where the nation is heading over the course of the 21st century and if we’re going to make smart investments we have to have structured conversations about what those challenges are.”
Bartee is a former military intelligence officer who was eliminated in the first round of voting in the 2018 special election for senate.
Espy is a former congressman and served as U.S Agriculture Secretary in the mid-1990s when Bill Clinton was president.
Jensen Bohren has been a teacher and he unsuccessfully challenged Republican U.S. Senator Roger Wicker in 2018.