U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy (left) will head to a runoff against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (right) on Nov. 27.
Photo by Ashton Pittman.
There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them:
- A lawsuit on behalf of a Latino and Native American family from South Carolina alleges that Hancock County Sheriff's deputies detained and searched them while traveling through Mississippi because they "looked" Latino.
- U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., accepted an invitation to a Nov. 20 debate with Democratic challenger Mike Espy, despite repeatedly refusing earlier debates when her Republican opponent was still in the race.
- Unofficial Hinds County election results show that Johnnie McDaniels for Hinds County Court Sub-District 3; Rep. Adrienne Wooten, D-Jackson, for Hinds County Circuit Court District 1; and David McCarty for Court of Appeals District 4-2 will all likely be on the Nov. 27, 2018, runoff ballot.
- 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.
- Although Mississippi Democratic House Minority Leader David Baria did not unseat U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker on Nov. 6, 2018, he is proud of the foundation he built for future Democratic races in Mississippi.
- 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.
- A polling location in Philadelphia, Miss., turned nearly a dozen people away from voting on Election Day because poll workers didn’t have enough back-up paper ballots after a snafu with voting machines.
- In the final day before the election, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant urged Republicans to support Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, pushing back against the idea that he was part of the "establishment."
- 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.
- 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.
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