Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith beat Democrat Mike Espy by single digits as the Democrats overperformed in the Senate runoff in deep red Mississippi. Democrats didn’t lose by a blow-out, they lost by single digits. Let that sink in….

Hyde-Smith, who sparked outrage for comments about attending a public hanging, beat Espy by eight points, in a state Donald Trump won by 18 points.

First Read: “In last night’s Senate runoff in Mississippi, appointed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) defeated Democrat Mike Espy by 8 points, 54% to 46%. That’s down from President Trump’s 18-point advantage in the state in 2016 and former Sen. Thad Cochran’s 22-point win there in 2014.”

“Indeed, Espy’s 10-point overperformance from the 2016 presidential results is close to the average of Democrats’ showing in the eight other major special elections of the 2018 cycle – from GA-6 to the Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones Senate race in Alabama.”