Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who's seeking to be elected to a full term in Congress after she was appointed earlier this year, is confident ahead of her November 27 runoff.

Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and her nearest challenger, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy (D), finished Tuesday with more than 40 percent of the vote each, but neither crossing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

Department of Homeland Security Intelligence analyst Tobey Bartee (D-Gautier) and Republican Chris McDaniel -- who previously lost to Hyde-Smith in the primary -- finished with less than 10 percent each.

"We're hitting the road right now, we've got three weeks to get out there [and] capitalize on our successes [from] Tuesday," she said.

Hyde-Smith said the fact the election comes just after the Thanksgiving holiday is a possible roadblock to turnout.

She said she is honored to have "led the ticket" during this week's election, and is thankful for President Trump's support.


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Hyde-Smith took office earlier this year, after being appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.) to take over for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) who retired early citing health reasons.

Hyde-Smith said there were a lot of Democrats who showed up to vote for Espy on Tuesday, adding that it "takes a lot of hard work for people to know you."

Espy said in a speech after Tuesday's election that he will be "a strong voice for Mississippi and not a weak echo."

Sandra Smith noted that if he wins, Espy would be the first black senator from Mississippi since Republican Civil War veteran Hiram Revels and GOP educator Blanche Bruce in the 1870s.

"We're running on our record that we have the conservative values that Mississippi wants in Washington," Hyde-Smith said.

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