Biden endorses Mike Espy in Mississippi Senate race

Ahead of what, according to several polls, has become a tightly contested Senate race in Mississippi, Democratic challenger Mike Espy has received the endorsement of presidential candidate Joe Biden. 

“A lifelong Mississippian, Mike Espy has spent his career working to improve the lives of Mississippi’s working families. From his times as the first black congressman from Mississippi since Reconstruction, to his critical leadership as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to his role helping to build a strong rural economy across the South, Mike Espy has the experience tome Mississippi forward,” Biden said in a release issued by Espy’s campaign. 

Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has received President Donald Trump’s endorsement on several occasions, including a visit to Mississippi ahead of the 2018 election, in which Hyde-Smith defeated Espy to retain the seat vacated by the late Senator Thad Cochran. 

Following Tuesday night’s debate, Hyde-Smith issued a statement outlined her continued support for the president’s agenda while 

“Tonight’s debate was a clear demonstration as to why those who want to keep America great must turn out and vote this November 3. President Trump has brought better-paying jobs to our communities, strengthened our families, kept our country safe, and returned the rule of law to our courts, and he will continue to do so as our Commander in Chief for the next four years. He is the leader to take us back to our pre-pandemic growth.  In stark contrast, Joe Biden has moved too far to the left for even most Democrats to be comfortable with, opening the door for socialist ideals, including Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and an activist judicial takeover that bypasses Congress to impose a radicalized agenda.,” Hyde-Smith said.

Along with the race between Trump and Biden, the Senate race will be decided on November 3rd.