Senate rematch as Hyde-Smith faces off against Espy

Democrat Mike Espy is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi by labeling her “Confederate Cindy” and saying she’s out of touch with voters in a diverse state.

If elected, he would be Mississippi’s first black U.S. senator since Reconstruction.

Hyde-Smith is campaigning as a loyalist of President Donald Trump and saying Espy would associate himself with liberals.

This year’s race is a rematch of a 2018 special election.

Hyde-Smith was appointed to temporarily succeed Republican Senator Thad Cochran when he retired early that year.

She defeated Espy months later to finish the six-year term Cochran started.

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