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There’s Still One More U.S. Senate Race

Even after Bill Nelson conceded to Rick Scott in Florida, giving Republicans 52 seats in the U.S. Senate, there's still one more race that will be decided on November 26.

By NTK Staff | 11.19.2018 @12:30pm
There’s Still One More U.S. Senate Race

On Sunday, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) conceded to outgoing Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) in the U.S. Senate race for the Sunshine State, ending this chapter of Nelson’s decades-long political career and giving Republicans 52 seats in the 100-member U.S. Senate.

After a contentious recount in Florida, Scott led Nelson by around 10,000 votes, leading Nelson to concede.

That leaves 99 U.S. Senate seats settled for 2019 and 2020. One race has yet to be decided.

On November 26, Mississippi will hold a runoff between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Democrat Mike Espy. Hyde-Smith finished Election Day with a plurality of the vote, 41.5 percent, but not the 50 percent needed to win outright. Espy was the second-place finisher, and Chris McDaniel, who ran to Hyde-Smith’s right, earned 16.5 percent of the vote.

Mississippi is a red state, and is expected to stay that way on November 26. A Hyde-Smith reelection would give Republicans 53 out of 100 U.S. Senate seats, for a final expansion of two seats in the 2018 midterm elections.

The president is not leaving the race to chance, it appears, especially given recent controversial comments from Hyde-Smith. He’ll hold at least two rallies in the final days of the campaign, according to Politico.

TRUMP SCHEDULES TWO MISSISSIPPI RALLIES — Mississippi is set to get a double dose of Trump, who will hold campaign rallies in Tupelo and Biloxi on Nov. 26, a day before the state’s runoff between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Democrat Mike Espy. The winner will complete the remaining two years of former Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) term. Hyde-Smith has drawn national attention over the past week for remarks she made about a “public hanging” and voter suppression that were captured on video. “The high-profile missteps in the campaign’s final weeks have alarmed national Republicans, and fueled Democratic hopes that the party might be able to narrowly capture a previously unattainable Senate seat in an overwhelmingly conservative state,” Quint Forgey writes.

On the chance Democrats pull of a shocking upset, Republicans would have a 52-seat majority, one seat better than their current hold.

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