Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Mississippi Senate Race Against Democrat Mike Espy

Shortly after the November 6 elections, a video appeared in which Hyde-Smith said that if a supporter invited him to "a public hanging", she would be "in the front row", words that benefited the painful legacy of state violence against African Americans. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, more than 600 African-Americans were lynched in Mississippi from 1877 to 1950, the most documented lynchings of any state in the country.

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