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Hyde-Smith Wins Mississippi Runoff, Republicans Expand Senate Majority to 53

After Cindy Hyde-Smith's victory, Senate Democrats have a more difficult path to regaining the majority in 2020.

By NTK Staff | 11.28.2018 @9:10am
Hyde-Smith Wins Mississippi Runoff, Republicans Expand Senate Majority to 53

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy on Tuesday to win Mississippi’s U.S. Senate runoff election and give Republicans a 53-seat majority in the Senate.

After past controversial comments by Hyde-Smith came to light, Democrats became bullish about their chances to pick up a seat in deep-red Trump country.

However, a Democratic victory in Mississippi was not meant to be. The Associated Press called the race for Hyde-Smith a little before 10:30pm ET, with Hyde-Smith winning almost 54 percent of the votes.

Hyde-Smith’s victory on Tuesday now gives Senate Republicans a 53-seat majority, and makes Democrats’ chances of retaking the upper chamber in 2020 much more difficult.

As Politico reported following Hyde-Smith’s victory:

“Senate Democrats face a narrow path back to the majority in the 2020 elections, running through Trump country in a year when the president will be on the ballot galvanizing his supporters.”

In 2020, Senate Republicans will be defending seats in five states: Maine, Colorado, Arizona, Iowa, and North Carolina. Senate Democrats will be defending Alabama, Michigan, and New Hampshire.

Senate Democrats will need to flip four of those Republican-held Senate seats, and hold all three of their Senate seats, to regain control of the upper chamber.

This will be a difficult task, as President Trump won three of the states Republican are defending in 2016 and two of the states that Democrats are defending.

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