Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Espy speaks to reporters after voting at a polling place at Highland Colony Baptist Church, November 27, 2018 in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Voters in Mississippi head to the polls for today’s special runoff election, where Espy is running in a close race with appointed Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Espy speaks to reporters after voting at a polling place at Highland Colony Baptist Church, November 27, 2018 in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Voters in Mississippi head to the polls for today’s special runoff election, where Espy is running in a close race with appointed Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
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JACKSON, Miss—Mike Espy is hoping to pull off perhaps one of the biggest upset of the 2018 elections against Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith tonight. Espy, a former congressman and agriculture secretary, wasn’t expected to earn enough votes during the midterm elections, let alone make it to a runoff. Support for both candidates have gone down racial lines, with black residents overwhelming backing Espy and white voters supporting Hyde-Smith.

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While the Senate race has dominated news coverage, there are 18 other elections on the ballot. The Root will update you on all of the races as the results come in.

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Terrell Jermaine Starr is a senior reporter at The Root. He is currently writing a book proposal that analyzes US-Russia relations from a black perspective.

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