“The reason we won is because Mississippians know me and they know my heart,” she said on Tuesday night, according to the New York Times. “This win tonight, this victory, it’s about our conservative values, it’s about the things that mean the most to all of us Mississippians: our faith, our family.”Meanwhile, Hyde-Smith’s opponent, Mike Espy, who would have been the first black state senator since Reconstruction offered kind words as he conceded. “She has my prayers as she goes to Washington to unite a very divided Mississippi,” he said.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Mississippi Runoff Election Amid Racial Controversy
Cindy Hyde-Smith maintained her Senate seat following a special runoff election in Mississippi, further boosting the Republican majority in the chamber.