DemDaily: Last Call
November 28, 2018
Now three weeks after the 2018 elections, the last of the major midterm races was decided last night, bringing the balance of power in the upper chamber to 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats.In the Mississippi Senate Runoff Election Tuesday, incumbent Republican Cyndi Hyde-Smith fought back Democratic challenger Mike Espy, 54% to 46%.
Hyde-Smith, who was appointed in March to fill the seat vacated by ailing seven-term Senator Thad Cochron (R), led a field of four candidates coming out of the November 6th contest.
As no candidate earned 50+%, however, an automatic runoff election was triggered, leading to Tuesday's showdown between the freshman Senator and Espy, a black former Congressman and Agriculture Secretary under President Bill Clinton.
Although considered an uphill battle, Democrats held out hope that the blue wave nationally that swayed some dissolutioned Trump supporters, might transfer to results in the ruby-red southern state which the President won by 18 points in 2016.
The runoff, one of a handful of undecided races following the midterms, drew additional national attention following a series of gaffs by Hyde-Smith perceived as prejudicial to African Americans, who make up roughly 35% of Mississippi's populace.
Although not enough to overcome the state's conservative base, Espy moved the scale slightly, outperforming previous Democratic Senate candidates over the last three decades.
In the interim, early vote is ongoing through November 30th in the Georgia Secretary of State Runoff election, where Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger will faceoff December 4th.
In California's 21st Congressional District, the final House seat still hanging in the balance, Democratic challenger TJ Cox was ahead of Republican incumbent David Valadao by 436 votes as of Monday, and the count continues.
Should Cox prevail, Democrats will have won 42 GOP-held seats for a net gain of 40 seats, bringing final control of the House to 235 Democrats and 200 Republicans.
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Sources: Vox, RollCall, CNN, Politico