"Mr President, thank you so much for all of your help", Hyde-Smith said during a victory speech, stressing that the race was about preserving the "conservative values" of the state. He said that to win, he can't just rely on African-American voters.
But Elizabeth Gallinghouse, 84, from the coastal town of Diamondhead, voted for Hyde-Smith and said neither the "hanging" comments nor Hyde-Smith's appearance in the Confederate hat bothered her.
The Republicans pumped resources into Mississippi, and U.S. president Donald Trump made a strong effort on behalf of Ms Hyde-Smith, holding last-minute rallies in Mississippi on Monday.
Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is the projected victor of the Senate runoff in MS, according to the Associated Press, overcoming a series of missteps that brought the state's dark history of racism and violence to the forefront. Hyde-Smith's daughter later attended a similar private school established around the same time, according to the Free Press. Hyde-Smith and her allies pounded on him for lobbying for the former president of the Ivory Coast, who faces charges of crimes against humanity. "We still do have a very divided state".
The video sparked a furor in the deep South state that has a history of racism and violence against blacks, including lynchings.
The contest caps a campaign season that exposed persistent racial divisions in America - and the willingness of some political candidates to exploit them to win elections.
As it stands, Republicans will hold 53 seats next year and Democrats will have 47. Espy, who is black, called her comments "reprehensible".
Polls show four-term State Attorney Jim Hood defeating any Republican hopeful and becoming the state's first Democratic governor in 16 years.
She initially refused to apologize for the hanging remark, but said in a debate last week that she was sorry "for anyone that was offended".
The same progressive blogger who published the video of her using the phrase "public hanging" later published one in which Hyde-Smith told a small group at Mississippi State University that suppressing the votes of students at other colleges was "a great thing". But that didn't dissuade voters in deeply Republican Mississippi, the only state that still has Confederate insignia on its flag. Thad Cochran, who retired in April amid health concerns.
The controversies surrounding her set off a major push by national Republicans to avoid the same embarrassment they'd suffered a year ago in Alabama over the Senate campaign of Roy Moore and save Hyde-Smith. But if black voters rise to 40 percent of the electorate and Espy wins 9 out of 10, he needs less than a quarter of white votes for victory.
The Hyde-Smith and Espy runoff was tainted by race-related controversies. "I resigned the contract". The caption on the post read, "Mississippi history at its best!"
"I've said all along, this isn't about me". She quickly pivoted to accusing her opponent of twisting her comment into a political attack against her.
How major U.S. stock indexes fared Wednesday
ENERGY: Oil prices rebounded Wednesday as benchmark US crude gained 2.3 per cent to $54.66 a barrel in NY . USA -traded shares of Nissan lost 5.8 percent, while Renault shares dropped 8.4 percent in Paris.
Supreme Court on Friday to review lower court rulings blocking a policy barring certain transgender people from military service. The administration has since limited the policy to transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria.
Heavy snows and strong winds moved through the region Sunday evening, causing unsafe travel conditions on a busy day on the roads. On Sunday, strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.
In a statement, Khan called it "part of conspiracy against Pakistan and China's economic and strategic cooperation". Karachi, the capital of neighbouring Sindh province, has a militant presence, including Baloch separatists.
Each pair had to collect 10 flags to win the challenge, in order to pick the next two celebrity contestants to join their team. Holly Willoughby has given fans a first glimpse inside the I'm A Celebirty camp - ahead of the new series launch tonight.
It's not a direct discount like Target's deal, but if you shop at Kohl's frequently, it can really pay off. Walmart says it will have "thousands more deals" this year than it's had on Cyber Mondays in the past.
Like Sanchez, Eric Bailly has also been linked with a move away in January after slipping down the pecking order. Sometimes, fans and pundits claim that Willian is arguably the most important player in the Chelsea squad.
We have had an bad injury record with our defenders, and Emery has told us that we are still waiting for Monreal to return. First, our idea is to start with the Under-23s, but also, these two weeks training with us, I am looking at him.
The first half was a grim affair, Watford perhaps marginally the more threatening team, but neither side found any fluency. With the demands on set-pieces, you need your own set-pieces, you need to work on the specific quality of the opponent'.
The alleged torture of Saudi human rights activists and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are also mentioned in the filing. The crown prince was accompanied by the Tunisian president, in an official motorcade, to Cartage presidential Palace.
GM also said Monday it will close two unidentified assembly plants outside of North America by the end of next year. Five GM vehicle plants are operating at 37 percent capacity, according to the Center for Automotive Research.
CEO Mary Barra is seeking to reposition GM for a future defined by self-driving cars, ride-sharing networks and electric vehicles. Sales for all GM cars and trucks declined 11 percent year over year, with the company blaming the impact of hurricanes.
CONMEBOL postpones Copa Libertadores final
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InSight Mars lander sends back selfie after fiery landing
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NASA scientists are freaking out over Mars rover landing
The suite of geophysical instruments on InSight sounds like a doctor's bag, giving Mars its first "checkup" since it formed. Due to a global dust storm, which only recently abated, dust has been redistributed over almost the entire surface of Mars.
Here’s How UCF Makes The College Football Playoff
The University of MI is holding steady at number four in this week's College Football Playoff rankings . LSU remained seventh, Washington State held at 8 and Ohio State stayed at 10th, getting jumped by UCF.
Riots in Argentina after Boca Juniors bus is attacked
The two teams drew 2-2 in the first match of the final series. "Because of the wind and the broken windows, it entered the bus". Argentinian football has a long history of violent incident which has resulted in away fans being banned from games.