JACKSON, Miss. – The Nov. 6 Election Day is drawing near, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting is offering voters insights on U.S. Senate candidates and matters at stake in a special @ISSUE program airing at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and noon Nov. 4 on MPB Television.
MPB Producer Ashley Norwood will interview candidates in each race as they talk about campaign platforms and their opponents. @ISSUE Host Wilson Stribling along with analysts Brandon Jones and Austin Barbour will discuss the midterm elections and the two U.S. Senate seats up for grabs in Mississippi.
Mississippians will vote for two U.S. senators on the Nov. 6 ballot. In the regular election, longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker will face Democratic state Rep. David Baria of Pascagoula.
A special nonpartisan election is also being held for the remaining term of retired Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The term ends in 2021. State Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to Cochran’s seat in April and faces Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, former Democratic Mississippi Congressman Mike Espy of Jackson and Democrat Tobey Bartee of Gautier.
Hyde-Smith, McDaniel, Espy and Bartee will run on one ballot Nov. 6 without their partisan affiliation listed. A Nov. 27 runoff will take place if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote.
Tune in to @ISSUE as MPB follows the candidates and helps voters get to know them before Election Day.