Hyde-Smith will defeat Democratic challenger Mike Espy, a former Congressman and Agriculture Secretary, in the final Senate race to be decided in 2018. The victory will make her the first woman ever to be elected from Mississippi to Congress. On Tuesday, Republicans will win 53 seats in January for the 47 Democratic seats in the Senate.
The GOP has increased its majority in the Senate by two seats in this year's midterm elections, although the Democrats took control of the house.
Hyde-Smith's victory also means that there will be 24 women in the Senate next year. This sets a new record for women in the Senate, one that is more than the current high during this congress.
Hyde-Smith will end the last two years of Sen. Thad Cochran's previous tenure, who has previously retired year for health reasons. Hyde-Smith needs to run again in 2020 to ensure a full six-year term.
President Donald Trump visited Mississippi on Monday to knock out Republican voters Hyde-Smith, after her comments on a "public hanging," sparked weeks of controversy ,
It began when online videos of her followers announced that she would be "in the front row" earlier this month if one of her followers was "invited me to a public hang-up." She later called the comments "exaggerated expression of respect," but her use of expression brought memories of Lynch Lynch's story in Mississippi to the forefront and placed the contest under the national microscope. Asked for her comment in a debate, Hyde-Smith said she would definitely "apologize" to anyone who was offended, but then commute to an attack on her opponent.
"This comment was twisted and became a weapon that could be used against me," Hyde-Smith
Hyde-Smith's comments were prompted A deeper immersion in her story.
The same progressive blogger who published her video with the phrase "public hanging" later published one in which Hyde-Smith told a small group at Mississippi State University that the voices of other students were suppressing colleges "ag reat thing." Her campaign said it was a joke, but that statement failed when the black student laughed in a picture of the event that had posted her campaign on Twitter, that Hyde-Smith's campaign called him a prop used.
On Friday the Jackson Free Press reported that Hyde-Smith had attended a private high school, founded in 1970, so that white parents could avoid integrating public schools. Hyde-Smith's daughter later attended a similar private school that was founded around the same time, the Free Press said. The Senator's campaign responded to the report by attacking the "liberal media".
Over the weekend, CNN reported that Hyde-Smith once advocated a move that praised the efforts of a Confederate soldier to defend his homeland and accused of a revisionist view of the Civil War.
Photos posted on her Facebook account in 2014 featured Hyde-Smith posing with Confederate artifacts during a visit to Beauvoir, the home and library of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The title on the post read: "Mississippi's Story at its Best!"
The Democrats had hoped that turnout among black voters – which make up nearly 40% of the Mississippi population – could make up the largest share of the population Espy's victory in a state heavily polarized by racial lines, with most White voters support GOP candidates and black voters support Democrats.
Espy's campaign pounded Hyde-Smith with television commercials that made her embarrassed for a state trying to overcome its history of slavery and racism.
"We have worked hard to overcome the stereotypes that are damaging our economy and cost us jobs, and their words should not reflect the values of Mississippi," a spokesperson said in a statement. The ad also called Hyde-Smith "so embarrassing it would be a disaster for Mississippi."
Several companies that donated to Hyde-Smith's campaign, including Walmart, publicly withdrew their support for the senator for "public hanging." Comment.
The controversy surrounding them sparked a major push by national Republicans to avoid the same embarrassment they had suffered last year in Alabama over the Roy Moore Senate campaign, and rescued Hyde-Smith.
Smith largely remained behind from the election campaign, the Party's infrastructure rallied in their defense GOP groups spent $ 4 million on the Mississippi outflow – far more than $ 1.2 million for Democrats – and Republican groups spent more than twice as much as Democrats for television advertising, according to the advertising tracking company Kantar / CMAG
Trump's visits to Mississippi on Monday night were also seen as an occasion to set the republican base for e win election Two days after the Thanksgiving weekend.
Adam Levy of CNN contributed to this report.