Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff election

Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff election

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The results are in for the Mississippi U.S. Senate seat.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has won the Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff election.

Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy both vied for the spot in a special runoff election after neither received 50 percent of the vote on election night.

WATCH: Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks with WMC5 after win

Hyde-Smith has made it clear that a vote for her is a vote for President Donald Trump.

President Trump made two stops in Mississippi on Monday in support of Hyde-Smith.

“It’s about preserving a strong military, a safe community and soaring economy,” Trump said. “We’re doing great. I’m going to ask the people of Mississippi to send Cindy Hyde Smith back to the U.S. Senate.”

WATCH: Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks after winning election

Hyde-Smith's supporters were asked about her controversial "public hanging" comments and made it clear they will not be deterred in their vote.

“Somebody can say one word and it be twisted and construed to say something totally different,” Jamie Gunnells said. “She was not referring to a lynching, which is different than a public hanging.”

Meanwhile, Mike Espy was in Jackson talking to his supporters Monday.

He told them there are three reasons to support him: Better access to healthcare, his pledge to reduce the cost of education, and his willingness to go against his own party when he needs to.

"I believe that I am the candidate to take Mississippi forward," Espy said. "I believe that I am the candidate to take Mississippi into the third decade of the 21st century."

WATCH: Mike Espy concedes to Cindy Hyde-Smith

Espy’s supporters were hoping Democrats can pull off an upset like they did in Alabama.

“I think he is going to be somebody who is going to represent the whole state of Mississippi,” Pamela Nell said. “That’s what we need somebody who will represent everybody, not just a certain part and that’s why I’m here.”

The race will not determine which party controls the Senate--Republicans still have firm control over that chamber.

MS SENATE RESULTS: Mike Espy and Cindy Hyde-Smith speak after Hyde-Smith wins the Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff election >>https://bit.ly/2BCrE0e

Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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