UPDATED 8:24 AM PT — Wed. Nov. 28, 2018
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith was named the winner in the special election run-off in Mississippi, further solidifying the Republican majority in the upper chamber. The race was called Tuesday night after Hyde-Smith dominated her Democrat challenger Mike Espy.
Hyde-Smith is now the first women ever elected to Congress in Mississippi. However, Democrats chose not to acknowledge that milestone during her run and, instead, focused on slandering her as a racist in a last-ditch effort to push their candidate through.
After the tense and lengthy campaign, Hyde-Smith took a moment to thank everyone who stood by her and voted to support conservative values.
“It is hard to describe the feelings tonight for me and my family, but tonight in this victory –the reason we won is because Mississippians know me and they know my heart and thank you for stepping up, Mississippi,” she stated.
This win is a big one for Republicans as it will help the party elect more conservative judges and confirm cabinet positions such as a new attorney general.
President Trump tweeted at Hyde-Smith following the announcement to say his administration is very proud of her accomplishment.
Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi. We are all very proud of you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018