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Mississippi Senate race results: Roger Wicker wins, special election ends in runoff



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Balce Ceneta, File via AP

  • On Tuesday, voters in Mississippi cast ballots to elect two
    US senators in the same year.
  • Republican Roger Wicker was projected to win the race at the
    top of the ballot.
  • And a special election to fill the last two years of retiring
    Sen. Thad Cochran’s term is headed for a runoff that is scheduled
    to take place on November 27.

On Tuesday, Mississippi voters were in the unique position of
electing two US senators in the same year.

This year, Republican Roger Wicker was projected to win the
race at the top of the ballot. He ran against Democratic state
Rep. David Baria, as well as Libertarian Party candidate Danny
Bedwell and Reform Party candidate Shawn O’Hara.

Democrats invested more money than is typical in the state’s
Senate race, but Wicker’s campaign funding still far outpaced
Baria’s. The former raised $6.4 million, while the latter raised
just over $780,000.

The second race on Tuesday’s ballot was a special election to
elect someone to serve out the remaining two years of incumbent
Sen. Thad Cochran’s term. That race was projected to go to a
runoff after the race was too close to call.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith ran against Democrat Mike Espy, the
former US agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton;
Republican Chris McDaniel, a hardline tea party conservative; and
Democrat Tobey Bernard Bartee, a military veteran who ran for
office for the first time this year.

Voters will elect a winner during a runoff that’s set to take
place on November 27.

According to public filings, Hyde-Smith raised almost $3 million
leading up to Tuesday’s race, while Espy trailed her at nearly $2
million. McDaniel raised a little over $583,000 and Bartee raised
just over $4,000.

71-year-old Bill Inman, a Mississippi resident, told The Associated Press that
he planned to vote for McDaniel in the special election, calling
the candidate an “honest man” who is “not the establishment.”

Dale Bledsoe, a 61-year-old warehouse district specialist in
Picayune, Mississippi, said he voted for Baria and Espy in the
race at the top of the ballot and the special election,
respectively, because he’s also looking for a change.

Bledsoe, who is black, told The Associated Press that he wants
his vote to help change Mississippi’s “negative history.”

He added: “If we want to bring about a change, we have to take a
stand. I’m hoping by casting my vote and doing things of this
nature I’m teaching my grandchildren and children: If you don’t
like the way things are, speak up and try to change them.”

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