close Video Runoff possible in Mississippi special Senate election Four candidates vying to fill the open seat in a race that could tip the balance of power on Capitol Hill; Peter Doocy reports on the possible election scenarios. Both of Mississippi’s Senate seats are up for grabs in next week's midterms -- but only one of those races is being billed as the possible deciding factor for which party ends up controlling the chamber. In a crowded race, two Republicans and two Democrats are battling each other in a special election to fill retired Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's seat for the remaining two years of his term. At first blush, it would seem a virtual lock for Cindy Hyde-Smith, the Republican appointed to the seat in April and enjoying a healthy lead in the polls. But here's the rub: Under Mississippi law, if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote on Nov. 6, the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, will duke it … [Read more...] about Could post-midterm Mississippi runoff determine control of Senate?
Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 9:15 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's campaign is crying foul over an anonymous flier mailed to Mississippians in recent days that accuses her of voting for Hillary Clinton in 2008. A political action committee supporting her Democratic opponent, Mike Espy, in the tight U.S. Senate special election last week paid more than $300,000 to a California firm for political door hangers and direct mail, campaign finance records show. Now, Mississippians are receiving mailers from San Francisco-based Terris Barnes Walters, identified with a the postal code TBW. Citing a Breitbart article, the fliers allege Hyde-Smith — who is endorsed by President Donald Trump — voted for Hillary Clinton in 2008. Hyde-Smith, a former Democrat, has vehemently denied she voted for Clinton. The problem? The mailers don't disclose who paid for them, as required by the Federal Election … [Read more...] about Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith attack mailer allegedly from pro-Mike Espy PAC
Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press Updated 5:26 pm CDT, Friday, September 28, 2018 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat in a special U.S. Senate election in Mississippi said Friday that he won't take part in campaign debates unless Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith also participates. With only two of four candidates still committed to appear, Mississippi Public Broadcasting announced it is canceling plans to carry an Oct. 4 debate on its statewide TV and radio networks. Mike Espy's campaign manager, Oleta Fitzgerald, sent a letter Friday to Millsaps College and MPB, the sponsors of the debate on the Millsaps campus in Jackson. "A debate where the person occupying the office is not present is unacceptable to us," Fitzgerald wrote. Hyde-Smith's campaign has said she won't participate in campaign debates if she has to be in Washington on Senate business. She's scheduled to appear at a campaign rally Tuesday with President Donald Trump, who has endorsed her. It is … [Read more...] about Challenger won’t debate unless Mississippi US senator does
Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press Updated 5:56 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Mississippi says a sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a "made-up" scandal as the left tries to derail the nomination of a conservative. "They're going to drag something up, at least even theoretically, allegedly, from all those years ago," Chris McDaniel said Monday on American Family Radio. "All of the sudden, that disqualifies this man? All of the sudden, he's a terrible human being? No, not a chance. You know, I don't fall for it anymore. I hope the American people aren't falling for it. These allegations, 99 percent of the time, are just absolutely fabricated." The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing next Monday about an allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers during the early 1980s. … [Read more...] about Senate candidate: Allegations against Kavanaugh ‘made up’
Geoff Pender Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 4:08 PM EDT Sep 6, 2018 National conservative columnist George Will has penned a piece titled, "How a Democrat could finagle a win in Mississippi" after a trip to Oxford and a sit-down with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy. Amid some quoting of William Faulkner and invoking "Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, Shelby Foote (and) Jesmyn Ward" and waxing metaphorically about the state's "rich loam" of social soil and catfish, Will says, "The odds are somewhat, but only somewhat, against Espy, so the possibility of victory is not an illusion." "He is campaigning within the parameters of normal politics, which makes this a satisfying American as well as local moment," Will ends the column. Will talked campaign arithmetic with former U.S. Rep. Espy on the November special election to replace longtime Sen. Thad Cochran. Espy faces Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, whom Gov. Phil Bryant appointed to fill the seat temporarily, and … [Read more...] about Conservative columnist Will pens piece on Democrat Mike Espy, Senate odds