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POLL: In Four-Way Race, Hyde-Smith Tied with Espy in Mississippi

The Y’all Politics poll shows it’s essentially a two-person race to replace retiring Sen. Thad Cochran in November.

By NTK Staff | 04.18.2018 @1:00pm
POLL: In Four-Way Race, Hyde-Smith Tied with Espy in Mississippi

The special election to fill the vacancy left by retiring Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is still months away, but a new poll from Y’all Politics shows a close two-person race between a Republican and Democrat.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) was picked by Gov. Phil Bryant (R-MS) to replace Cochran, who retired effective April 1. She earned 33 percent in the poll, which tied her with Rep. Mike Espy (D-MS), who served as secretary of agriculture under President Clinton.

Former radio show host and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) came in a distant third with 12.8 percent. Another Democrat, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, came in fourth with 6.2 percent. Nearly 15 percent of respondents were undecided.

If the winner of the November primary does not receive 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will take place later that month.

Hyde-Smith held a six-point lead over Espy in a potential runoff, 41.6 – 35.8. The Democrat Espy defeated Republican McDaniel by about 20 percentage points in a hypothetical runoff match up.

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