Mike Espy looks to join race for Mississippi Senate

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Democrat who tried to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi last year is seeking money to challenge her again in 2020.

Mike Espy says in a fundraising appeal Thursday that he can “work with others across party lines and labels.” Espy served in the U.S. House before President Bill Clinton named him agriculture secretary in the mid-1990s.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to the Senate in early 2018 when Republican Thad Cochran retired. In the November election to finish the term, Hyde-Smith won 54% to Espy’s 46%.

Days later, Espy created a committee to run in 2020.

Espy, who is African American, criticized Hyde-Smith, who is white, for praising a supporter during the campaign by saying she’d attend a “public hanging” if the supporter invited her.

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