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Cindy Hyde-Smith defeats Mike Espy in run-off ; keeps her U.

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Cindy Hyde-Smith defeats Mike Espy in run-off ; keeps her U.S. Senate Seat
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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith celebrates her runoff win
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Mississippi's Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is returning to Washington today after defeating democratic opponent Mike Espy in the U.S. Senate runoff election. MPB's Ashley Norwood reports on this historic race.

A crowd of Cindy Hyde-Smith supporters are cheering minutes after the Associated Press declared her the winner over democrat Mike Espy. In her acceptance speech, the U.S. Senator says she knows why she won more than 53 percent of the vote.

Videos recorded of Cindy Hyde-Smith making remarks about attending a public hanging and voter suppression drew international attention. Hyde-Smith apologized, and she says she's moving forward and wants to represent the entire state.

Former Democratic Congressman Mike Espy conceded the race saying his campaign wasn't a loss but a movement. Espy says he is willing to help Hyde-Smith move Mississippi forward.

Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to congress from Mississippi. Ashley Norwood, MPB News.