Mississippi’s special election is taking place in one of the most racially polarized states in the country

By Philip Bump of the Washington Post

This Tuesday, voters in Mississippi have the distinct honor of finally bringing the 2018 midterm elections to an end, assuming that the several still-outstanding House races have been settled by then. (Not necessarily a fair assumption.) On Election Day, neither incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) nor challenger Mike Espy (D) received a majority of votes in the state’s Senate contest, meaning one last day of voting is needed to push either candidate over the 50 percent mark.

Hyde-Smith has committed several serious gaffes ahead of the runoff, including a comment about being willing to be in the front row of a public hanging — which served for many as a grim reminder of the state’s legacy of lynchings that was particularly ill-advised given that Espy is black.

But this is still Mississippi, meaning that Hyde-Smith has a distinct advantage given that she is a Republican running in a very-red state.

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Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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