Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks out following win
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will keep her seat in the U.S. Senate.
The Republican incumbent spoke Wednesday about the victory over her Democratic challenger Mike Espy and one of the key ballot measures this election, medical marijuana.
“I’m going to continue to work for all Mississippians,” Hyde-Smith said.
Hyde-Smith won 55% of the vote Tuesday.
“Crossing the state, being on the bus tour and talking to so many people, I had more confidence in this election than any time I have ever been on the ballot," Hyde-Smith said. "I thought we were going to bring it home strong and we did. To think that I do have a regular, full six-year term. I’ve never had that before. It feels very good. It gives you that energy and stamina to continue on.”
Hyde-Smith has served in the Senate since being appointed by former Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the seat in 2018 after the retirement of longtime Sen. Thad Cochran. Hyde-Smith then defeated Espy in a special election later that year to serve the rest of Cochran’s term.
This Senate race drew much attention leading up to Election Day. Another hot topic on the ballot was medical marijuana.
Mississippians overwhelmingly voted in support of Initiative 65 Tuesday. The Mississippi State Department of Health will have full control of this program and it will allow people with at least one of more than 20 debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana under the approval of licensed physicians.
“I just hope we can work through this and make it livable," Hyde-Smith said. "The thing that really concerns me is the communities, municipalities and the cities that may not want that. That’s what really concerns me. But, it is what it is. We are going to work through it and deal with it.”
Hyde-Smith says she will return to Washington ready to stand tall representing Mississippians and conservative, Republican values.
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