Hyde-Smith ac­cepts Farm Bureau de­bate; Espy con­sid­er­ing it

The Sun Herald - - Front Page - BY EMILY WAGSTER PET­TUS

JACK­SON, MISS.

A Repub­li­can U.S. se­na­tor in Mis­sis­sippi is ac­cept­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to de­bate her Demo­cratic op­po­nent a week be­fore the Nov. 27 runoff.

The Mis­sis­sippi Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion is or­ga­niz­ing a Nov. 20 de­bate in Jack­son, with plans for it to be tele­vised.

Cam­paign spokes­woman Melissa Scallan says Thurs­day that Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will take part.

Danny Blan­ton, cam­paign spokesman for Demo­crat Mike Espy, says his cam­paign is re­view­ing “terms and con­di­tions” be­fore de­cid­ing whether to ac­cept.

Espy sent Hyde-Smith a let­ter Wed­nes­day chal­leng­ing her to three de­bates.

The runoff win­ner will serve the fi­nal two years of a term started by Repub­li­can Sen. Thad Cochran, who re­tired in April.

Hyde-Smith was state agri­cul­ture com­mis­sioner when the gov­er­nor chose her as Cochran’s tem­po­rary suc­ces­sor.

Espy is a for­mer U.S. agri­cul­ture sec­re­tary.

SARAH WARNOCK AP

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., speaks to back­ers Tues­day at an elec­tion night party she shared with fel­low Repub­li­can Sen. Roger Wicker, un­seen, in Jack­son. Hyde-Smith, who was named to the seat, faces a runoff with Mike Espy. The win­ner will fin­ish the last two years of the six-year term va­cated when Repub­li­can Thad Cochran re­tired.

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