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Mississippi 2018 Elections

Read stories about the state's Congressional elections in 2018 from crowded primary races to the Senate special election for Sen. Thad Cochran's seat. Also read questionnaires from primary Congressional candidates in their own words.

Politics

Espy to Join Hyde-Smith for Debate As 'Hanging' Backlash Grows

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy has accepted an invitation to join incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., for a runoff debate that will be broadcast across the state live on Nov. 20.

Abortion

Governor Calls Abortion ‘Black Genocide,’ Defends Hyde-Smith on ‘Hanging’ Tape

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As state and national controversy swirls around U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comment about a public hanging” in her race against an African American opponent, Gov. Phil Bryant opened a press conference this morning implying that black women are participating in “the genocide of 20 million African American children” through legal abortions

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Hyde-Smith’s ‘Public Hanging’ Quip Bombs in State with Most Lynchings

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Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith lit up social media Sunday morning after a video clip in which she jokingly says she would be “on the front row” at “a public hanging.”

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Hyde-Smith Accepts Debate Invite With McDaniel Out; Espy Considering

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Incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., has accepted an invitation Mississippi Farm Bureau to debate her runoff opponent, Democrat Mike Espy, on Nov. 27.

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Hinds Judicial Races, Court of Appeals Likely Headed to Runoff

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Candidates for various Hinds County and statewide judicial roles appeared on Tuesday's ballot alongside U.S. Senate and congressional candidates. Just before midnight on election night, Hinds County released unofficial results after counting 109 of 110 precincts, or 99.09 percent of the vote.

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Mississippi's 3rd District Stays GOP, Incumbents Win

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Mississippians in the 3rd District elected a Republican district attorney as the state's newest member of Congress on Tuesday, choosing Michael Guest of Brandon over Democratic state Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston.

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Baria Proud of Progressive Effort; Wicker Headed Back to Washington Again

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Mississippi Democratic House Minority Leader David Baria's chances to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker came to an end at just after 8 p.m. on election night—an hour after Mississippi polls closed.

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Espy, Hyde-Smith Head to Nov. 27 Runoff with McDaniel Out

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In a historic contest, Democrat Mike Espy will face incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a runoff on Nov. 27 after the two candidates snagged the top two positions in Tuesday's election.

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Mississippi Voters Turned Away in Historic Civil-Rights Community

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A polling location in Philadelphia, Miss., turned nearly a dozen people away from voting this morning because poll workers didn’t have enough back-up paper ballots after a snafu with voting machines.

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Gov. Bryant Fights for His Legacy with Support for Hyde-Smith

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In the final day before the election, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant urged Republicans to support Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, pushing back against the idea that he was part of the "establishment."

Civil Rights

Evers-Williams Endorses Espy: Don't Let 'Our Souls Be Dragged Back'

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Civil rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams endorsed Democrat Mike Espy's bid for U.S. Senate in a radio ad his campaign released Monday, calling on Mississippians to help stave off a return to the past in tomorrow's election.

Health Care

Hyde-Smith, Wicker Voted to Expand Pre-existing Illness Discrimination

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In a press huddle on Nov. 1, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she had not cast "a single vote" to allow health-insurance companies to sell plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, but the Republican incumbent cast a vote last month that did just that.

Education

Tougaloo College Rally Reminds Students that Black Voters Matter

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The Friday before Election Day, the People's Advocacy Institute, MS M.O.V.E. and Black Voters Matter descended upon Tougaloo College to get students excited about voting right there on their historic campus Tuesday, as the college is a poll site.

Politics

GOP Mailers Misleadingly Paint Espy as a Criminal

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A series of campaign mailers the Mississippi Republican Party sent out around the state this week misleadingly paint Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy as a "corrupt" criminal for charges he was fully acquitted of in the 1990s.

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Mississippi Elections: What You Need to Know

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On. Nov. 6, the same day as the national midterms, voters choose between Democrat Mike Espy, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Republican Chris McDaniel in a U.S. Senate special election; there will be no partisan identifications on the ballot for the special.

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UPDATED: Who's on the Ballot in Mississippi in 2018?

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This year will be an entertaining ride for Mississippi voters, who will have elect all four congressional representatives as well as two senators to represent the state in Washington, D.C.

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The JFP Interview with David Baria: 'I Am Who I Am'

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David Baria, the man who currently serves as the House minority leader in the Mississippi Legislature, shared his story, his plans for Mississippi, and why he thinks he can move the state forward.

National

OPINION: American Radicalization in the Roaming MAGA Mosque

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How did we let it get to this point in our country? When did the loyal opposition become the enemy of the people? Why have hate and grievance drowned out civility and hope?

Editor's Note

EDITOR'S NOTE: Vote for Decency, a Better Mississippi on Nov. 6

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As perhaps the most important Election Day in our lifetime looms on Tuesday, Nov. 6, I'm not going to tell you how you should vote.

Politics

Mabus Endorses Baria to 'Bring Civility and Honor Back to Politics'

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Calling next week's election "one of the most important elections of my life," former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus endorsed fellow Democrat David Baria's bid for U.S. Senate.

Immigration

Palazzo Inflames 'Caravan' Fears Despite Weekend Synagogue Tragedy

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Congressman Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., sought to rile up supporters over a "migrant caravan" en route to the U.S. in an email sent just a day after a 47-year-old white supremacist— driven by a conspiracy belief that Jews are behind the caravan—committed the deadliest anti-Semitic mass murder in U.S. history.

National

GOP Mega-Donor Implicated in Russia Probe Gives McDaniel $500,000 Boost

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, received a $500,000 donation for his campaign for U.S. Senate thanks to GOP mega-donor Robert Mercer, the investor behind a firm that harvested the data of 50 million Facebook users during the 2016 election.

National

Mississippi Leaders Condemn Bomb Attempts

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Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi leaders from both sides of the aisle offered condemnation after an unknown person mailed bombs to national Democratic leaders on Wednesday.

Politics

Espy Defends McDaniel Supporters Against Wrongly Attributed 'Horrific' Remark

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy on Monday drew a comparison between U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for comments her spokesperson made about a rival candidate's supporters.

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UPDATED: GOP Tracker Impersonates JFP Reporter at Espy Event, Campaign Says; PAC Denies

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A tracker apparently working for the right-wing America Rising PAC impersonated a Jackson Free Press reporter at a campaign event Friday, campaign staff for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy says. Both the tracker and the PAC deny it.

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GOP Opponent Scared to Debate, Dem House Rival Charges

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As a debate over the absence of debates roils Mississippi's U.S. Senate races, a candidate for the U.S. House wants to know why his Republican opponent will not debate him.

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Medgar Evers' Niece Confronts McDaniel on 'Begging for Scraps' Comment

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Wanda Evers, the niece of slain Mississippi civil-rights leader Medgar Evers, confronted Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel at an Oct. 13 campaign event in Clinton, Miss., about comments he made on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Baria Donations Top All Dem Nominees in Mississippi Since 2008

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David Baria raised more money than any Mississippi Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate since 2008, fundraising numbers released on Tuesday reveal.

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Of Race and Republicans: The JFP Interview With Chris McDaniel

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Chris McDaniel discussed not only his ideas on race and flags, but also on other timely matters like sexual assault, tariffs and criminal-justice reform in an interview with the Jackson Free Press on Oct. 9.

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Video Captures Hyde-Smith Equating Debate to a $200,000 Donation to McDaniel

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In a secretly videoed conversation, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., said her reluctance to join her opponents for a debate is due to her fear that it would give one of them—Republican Chris McDaniel—free publicity.

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Hyde-Smith: 'We Won't Be Bullied' by McDaniel's Debate Demands

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Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's campaign pushed back against opponent Chris McDaniel's renewed calls for a debate on Friday, accusing the Mississippi state senator and his supporters of "uncivil" and "horrific" behavior.

National

Hyde-Smith Calls Kavanaugh Opposition 'Evil'

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U.S. Sen. Cindy-Hyde Smith, R-Miss., continued to defend her support for the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of "manipulation of the confirmation process" and "a disservice to victims of sexual violence" in a tweet.

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Hyde-Smith Accuses Dems of 'Disservice to Victims of Sexual Violence'

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Accusing Democrats of a "disservice to victims of sexual violence," U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., voted to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday morning.

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Mississippi Election Information

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On. Nov. 6, the same day as the national midterms, voters choose between Democrat Mike Espy, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Republican Chris McDaniel in a U.S. Senate special election; there will be no partisan identifications on the ballot for the special.

Politics

Jeramey Anderson: ‘I’m a Democrat’

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Moss Point native Jeramey Anderson is a black millennial and progressive Democrat who, in 2013, became the youngest African American elected to any state legislature in U.S. history.

Civil Rights

John Lewis: Vote for Espy or Risk Being 'Dragged Into the Past'

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Rep. John Lewis, a famous civil-rights activist and a Georgia congressman, urged Mississippi voters to support Democrat Mike Espy's U.S. Senate campaign in a Sept. 25 email.

National

Mike Espy: Hyde-Smith is ‘Irresponsible’ and ‘Wrong’ on Kavanaugh

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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith drew fire from her Democratic rival, former U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Mike Espy, for her position on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who faces allegations of sexual assault.

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Mike Espy Pulls out of U.S. Senate Debate in Jackson, Citing ‘Hypocrisy’

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy has pulled out of an Oct. 4 debate in Jackson because the incumbent, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, will not attend.

Courts

‘Believe Survivors,’ Baria Tells Wicker and Hyde-Smith on Kavanaugh Vote

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Baria, who serves as the House minority leader in the Mississippi Legislature, called for halt in the process to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after the Senate’s Sept. 27 hearings on sexual assault allegations.

Domestic Violence

Hyde-Smith: Defending Kavanaugh Is ‘My Duty’ as a Woman in Congress

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While addressing the Senate floor for the first time, Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defended Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, after a third woman accused the judge of sexual misconduct earlier today.

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‘Killing Unborn Children’ Point of Kavanaugh Accusations, McDaniel Claims

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The women accusing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault are part of a “charade” to keep abortion legal, U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel of Mississippi claimed in a series of tweets Monday.

National

Trump to Campaign with Hyde-Smith in North Mississippi

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The Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate campaign announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump will join her for a rally in north Mississippi on Oct. 2.

Politics

Espy Says Ford Allegations ‘Credible’ as Gov. Patrick Endorses Him

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced his support for Democrat Mike Espy’s candidacy in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate special election at a Hattiesburg press conference on Saturday.

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Deval Patrick to Join Mike Espy in Hattiesburg Saturday

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Former Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will campaign with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy on Friday, Sept. 21, in downtown Hattiesburg.

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Ron Paul Endorses Chris McDaniel for Cochran's U.S. Senate Seat

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Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul urged voters to elect "courageous leaders" like Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, "to stand up to the establishment in Washington" in an endorsement McDaniel's campaign announced via press release Wednesday.

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‘It Only Matters What You Answer To’: The JFP Interview with Mike Espy

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Mike Espy has neither sought nor served in public office since 1994; this year's U.S. Senate special election marks Espy's re-entry into politics as he runs in the special election for the seat formerly held by his friend, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.

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Hyde-Smith: McDaniel's 'Toxic Image' Similar to Roy Moore's

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Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is criticizing her opponent, State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, for recent comments she says "demeaned" black Mississippians and a history of "derogatory" comments about women.

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U.S. Senate Race: Baria Announces 12 Town Hall Candidate Forums

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Baria, who is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker for his seat, announced 12 town-hall-style candidate forums "where voters will have the opportunity to directly questions to the candidates" in a press release Tuesday.

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Historic Victory for Espy in Mississippi Is 'Not An Illusion,' George Will Says

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Democrat Mike Espy could be the next U.S. senator from Mississippi, renowned conservative columnist George Will wrote in a Sept. 5 piece in the Washington Post.

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Trump Cancels Mississippi Rally to Boost Cindy Hyde-Smith Campaign

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President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally in Mississippi to support incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith as she fights to hold the seat that Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her to in April.

Civil Rights

Making ‘Black Voters Matter’ in the Deep South

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LaTosha Brown, who co-founded Black Voters Matter, stopped in Jackson on Aug. 24, 2018 to network with black women as part of her organization’s “The South is Rising Tour.”

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McDaniel Cites Kinship with Bernie Sanders, Ronald Reagan at Petal Rally

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the late John McCain's U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, but said he has only committed to serve until the end of the year.

City & County

Black Mississippi Mayors Endorse Espy at Civil Rights Museum

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Nearly a dozen black mayors from cities and towns throughout Mississippi took the stage Thursday afternoon at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum to endorse Mike Espy in his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat Thad Cochran vacated in March.

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McDaniel Embraces Trump's Trade Agenda, Criticizes 'Free Trade' 'Capitalists'

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel endorsed President Donald Trump's trade agenda Wednesday, taking aim at opponent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and "the capitalists who've been championing so-called 'free trade.'"

Development

U.S. Senate Hopefuls McDaniel, Baria Explain Votes Against Lottery

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Mississippi House of Representatives Minority Leader Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, and State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, both voted against a state lottery bill lawmakers sent to the governor's desk Tuesday.


Politics

'Run, Jim, Run': AG Hood on Race for Governor, Women Empowerment

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Women for Progress of Mississippi hosted a women's issues forum called "She is Running," where Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood offered remarks about the role of women in his prosecutorial career.

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Aiming for Alabama-like Victory, Espy Opens ‘Modern’ Campaign Headquarters

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy announced what he called “the most modern headquarters that I think any Democrat has had in Mississippi’s history” at a ceremony for the opening of his new Jackson campaign office Saturday, Aug. 25.

National

McDaniel Rages Against the GOP After Trump Endorses Hyde-Smith

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JACKSON — Republican Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel raged at his own party on Thursday after President Donald Trump endorsed his opponent, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, in the special election for her U.S. Senate seat.

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Karl Rove Helps Sen. Wicker Raise $5,000 Per Couple at Private Jackson Dinner

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Karl Rove, the political strategist and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, helped raise campaign funds for Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker at the home of Cissye and Billy Mounger in north Jackson on Aug. 18.

Politics

Busting Chris McDaniel’s Confederate Myths

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, spent the early months of his 2014 Republican primary bid for U.S. Senate downplaying his ties to neo-Confederate groups.

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Sen. Chris McDaniel Blasts 'Snowflake Stalkers' After Lee Poll Backfires

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel derided critics as "snowflake stalkers" Sunday after his tweet about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and a follow-up poll went awry.

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Signs of Danger for GOP in Polls of Mississippi's U.S. Senate Race

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The race in Mississippi for the seat that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran vacated in April is functionally tied between Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, a leaked GOP poll from Hyde-Smith's campaign found.

Civil Rights

Baria: 'My Son Will Feel Pain' When He Looks At Mississippi's Flag

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The people of Mississippi have "a duty to acknowledge that hatred and racism remain alive and well in America today," Mississippi State Rep. David Baria, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.

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Delbert Hosemann Will Seek Higher Office; Not Running for Re-election

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Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann drew boos from a crowd of supporters on Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., when he announced he would not run for for re-election, but he quickly calmed them by teasing another possibility.

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ABC News: Race to Replace Sen. Thad Cochran 'Could Reshape Washington'

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The race to decide who will win Mississippi's U.S. Senate seat that Thad Cochran vacated is one of the "races that could reshape Washington and the country," ABC News said Monday.

National

Espy: Trump Tariffs Hurt Mississippi Farmers; Opponents Dodge Issue

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President Donald Trump's tariffs on China are hurting Mississippi farmers, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy said in a press conference at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Friday.

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Cory Booker: U.S. Senate Hopeful Mike Espy Is South's Rising Star

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"That is the star that I see rising in the South," U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said of former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy. "That is the hope that this nation must have in Washington, D.C. And God willing, the people of Mississippi willing, we will have Mike Espy as the next United States senator."

Politics

Sherman Alleges Dirty Politics, As Baria Claims Solid Victory in Senate Bid

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With his family by his side, Rep. David Baria, leader of the Mississippi House Democratic Caucus, declared victory in his bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, at Murky Waters in Gulfport, on Tuesday night after the announcement of the results of the primary run-off.

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Guest Wins Run-Off: 'All I Can Say is Thank You'

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The celebratory atmosphere filled Mudbugs in Brandon—even before the primary run-off results came in. The crowd knew their candidate, Michael Guest, would win the Republican nomination for the Third U.S. Congressional District, and he did.

National

David Baria Wins Senate Runoff: 'I Ain't Scared' to Face Wicker in November

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With his family by his side, Rep. David Baria, leader of the Mississippi House Democratic Caucus, declared victory in his bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate Tuesday night.

Politics

UPDATE: Run-off Issues: What Candidates Support, Believe; Vote Today Until 7 p.m.

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Two spots on the November ballot are up for grabs today, as Mississippians head to the polls for a run-off election.

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Low Turnout Expected for June 26 Run-Off Election, Secretary of State Predicts

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The run-off election on June 26 likely will have low turnout, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said at a press conference on June 21.

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Run-Off Blues: Inside the Playoff to Challenge Roger Wicker

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Democratic U.S. Senate contenders David Baria and Howard Sherman share a common interest in basketball, at least for campaign metaphor purposes.

JFP Interviews

'Thinking Out of the Box': The JFP Interview with Howard Sherman

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Howard Sherman won the most votes (about 31 percent) on June 5 in the Democratic primary for Sen. Roger Wicker's Senate seat.

JFP Interviews

'I Don't Mind Long Odds': The JFP Interview with David Baria

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David Baria knew he was fighting an uphill battle when he decided to run for U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's long-held Senate seat. Baria's first challenge, however, is securing the Democratic spot on the November ballot.

JFP Interviews

Whit Hughes: 'Ready to Fight' in Congress

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In a recent interview with the Jackson Free Press, Whit Hughes did not veer far from the established Republican line his mentor Haley Barbour made popular—low taxes, scant regulations (including on guns), no abortion rights, and less reliance on federal educational standards.

Politics

UPDATED: Rep. Thompson Returns Sherman Donation; Will Endorse Baria

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David Baria and Howard Sherman have both donated to federal election campaigns. Baria has donated to strictly Democratic campaigns, while Sherman has donated to Republicans and recently, Democrats.

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Off To The Races: Mississippi Elections 2018

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Mississippians will soon head to the polls for a federal election for the first time since Donald Trump became president in 2016. On Tuesday, June 5, registered voters can choose a ballot for either the Republican or Democratic primary election.

Editor's Note

EDITOR'S NOTE: Midterm Madness Comes to Mississippi

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Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd and Publisher Todd Stauffer started Best of Jackson almost 16 years ago to uplift the city because back then it was in a bad place, much worse than it is now.

Politics

Candidate Questionnaire: Richard Boyanton

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Richard Boyanton is challenging Roger Wicker for his Senate seat in the primary election on June 5.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Roger Wicker

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Sen. Roger Wicker is the incumbent for his own Senate seat, which he has held since 2007. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives before then.

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Candidate Questionnaire: David Baria

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David Baria, a longtime state lawmaker, has set his sights on D.C. with a run for Sen. Roger Wicker’s Senate seat; his first challenge will be the crowded Democratic primary in June.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Jensen Bohren

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Jensen Bohren is running in the crowded Democratic primary race for the Senate; he is running on being a “true left-leaning” candidate.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Jerone Garland

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Jerone Garland, a Kosciusko native, is running in a crowded race of Democrats, who want to replace Sen. Roger Wicker in the Senate.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Victor Maurice Jr.

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Victor Maurice Jr. is one of six Democratic candidates running in the Senate primary election on June 5.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Howard Sherman

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Howard Sherman, an investor and husband to actress Sela Ward, is running as a Democrat in the crowded primary for Sen. Roger Wicker’s seat.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Michael Aycox

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Michael Aycox is challenging Rep. Michael Ted Evans in the Democratic primary race to become the District 3 Representative in Congress.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Michael Ted Evans

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Rep. Michael Ted Evans will face Michael Aycox in the June 5 primary to be the Democratic challenger in the District 3 race to fill Rep. Gregg Harper’s seat in the House of Representatives.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Sally Doty

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State Sen. Sally Doty is the only current politician in the Republican race to represent District 3 in Congress; she faces a crowded primary on June 5.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Morgan Dunn

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Morgan Dunn is a local business owner and health care business consultant running to replace Rep. Gregg Harper in the House of Representatives.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Michael Guest

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Michael Guest, the district attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties, is running to replace Rep. Gregg Harper to represent District 3 in Congress.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Perry Parker

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Perry Parker, an investor and cattle farmer from Seminary, is running to replace Gregg Harper in the House of Representatives.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Katherine 'Bitzi' Tate

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Katherine Tate has not raised any campaign finances and is running on a campaign against federal intervention—particularly in schools.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Steven Palazzo

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Congressman Steven Palazzo, who has been in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011. He has a primary election challenger in Republican Brian Rose, who supports term limits.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Randy Mack Wadkins

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Randy Wadkins does not have a primary election challenger, and he is the only Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Trent Kelly in November to represent District 1 in Congress.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Jeramey Anderson

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Jeramey Anderson, one of the youngest lawmakers in the Mississippi Legislature, is challenging whoever wins the Republican primary in June to represent District 4 in November. He does not have a primary challenger.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Bennie Thompson

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Congressman Bennie Thompson, the only Democratic representative in Congress for Mississippi, has no primary election challengers, and no Republicans are running for his seat.