Yesterday (November 27), 53.9 percent of folks who went to the polls for a runoff election chose to send Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith back to the United States Senate to represent the state of Mississippi. The problem: Hyde-Smith did little to conceal her racism during her campaign against Black candidate Mike Espy, leading many to wonder if there has been much progress in the state.

Cindy Hyde-Smith 53.9%, Mike Espy 46.1 % of the votesScreenshot: The New York Times

Hyde-Smith was appointed to the seat earlier this year when Thad Cochran resigned; yesterday’s election made her the state’s first woman elected to the Senate.

Earlier this month, she laughingly told a crowd assembled in the state that historically hosted the nation’s most lynchings of Black people that if invited, she would be “on the front row” at “a public hanging.” When called out for the comments, she said the critique was “ridiculous,” per Jackson Free Press.


Espy tweeted about the results of the election last night, vowing to keep fighting for the people of Mississippi, 37.8 percent of whom are Black.


The results prompted many to question what it will take to create real change in Mississippi.