Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Mississippi governor to name Hyde-Smith to Senate vacancy

Mississippi governor to name Hyde-Smith to Senate vacancy

One source said Gov. Phil Bryant was expected to announce his selection of Hyde-Smith as early as Wednesday.

If Hyde-Smith, a beef cattle farmer, is selected for the job, she'd be the first female senator from MS in history.

Bryant hasn't made a final decision, but his short list is reportedly down to Hyde-Smith and Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

She was re-elected in 2015.

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Three Mississippi Republicans tell The Associated Press that the state's governor will appoint Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill the Senate vacancy that will soon be created when Sen.

Mike Espy, the first African American in the 20th century elected to the U.S. House from MS and the former agriculture secretary in the Bill Clinton administration in the 1990s, already has announced his intention to run for the post. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters will then advance to a runoff.

The special election, held on the same day as this year's midterm elections, comes with a unique twist: There's no primary, and candidates will run without party labels.

Cochran, who was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and has faced health issues in recent months, recently announced that he is stepping down from the Senate on April 1.

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