The Latest: Mississippi has 3 more weeks of US Senate race

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi (all times local):

1:12 p.m.

Mississippi's U.S. Senate runoff will attract money from interest groups over the next three weeks. But the partisan balance of the Senate is already decided, and that decreases the intensity of the fight.

Voters will choose Nov. 27 between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, who advanced from a field of four candidates Tuesday. The winner gets the final two years of a six-year term.

Hyde-Smith has served in the Senate since April, when longtime Sen. Thad Cochran retired. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her to serve temporarily until this month's special election is resolved.

Espy, who is a former U.S. agriculture secretary, says Wednesday that he wants to debate Hyde-Smith.

She previously said she would consider debating Espy before a runoff, if her Senate schedule allowed time.

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1:05 a.m.

A Republican appointed to the U.S. Senate in Mississippi and one of her Democratic challengers will compete in a Nov. 27 runoff.

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy advanced Tuesday from a field of four candidates. The third-place finisher, Chris McDaniel, is urging fellow Republicans to unite behind Hyde-Smith, who is endorsed by President Donald Trump.

Mississippi's other Republican U.S. senator, Roger Wicker, won another six-year term Tuesday. He defeated Democrat David Baria and two candidates who ran inexpensive campaigns. Wicker has served since late 2007.

Hyde-Smith and Espy are competing to serve the final two years of a term started by Republican Thad Cochran, who retired in April. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to temporarily fill the job.

Espy is a former U.S. agriculture secretary.