If the election for Mississippi’s junior U.S. Senate seat were held today, Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith would best her Democrat and Libertarian party challengers with over 58% of the vote, according to the latest poll conducted by the Impact Management Group for Y’all Politics.
Hyde-Smith is polling at 58% while Democrat Mike Espy sits at 31%. Jimmy Edwards, the Libertarian candidate, is showing just south of 3%, with under 9% undecided.
This is the second time in three years that Hyde-Smith and Espy will have faced off for the opportunity to represent the Magnolia State in the U.S. Senate. In 2018, following the resignation of former Sen. Thad Cochran, Hyde-Smith defeated Espy in the runoff election 53.6% to 46.4% to fill the unexpired term.
According to the most recent campaign finance reports, Hyde-Smith reported raising $413,000 with a cash on hand balance of over $1.1 million. Espy showed that he had raised $309,000 in the same period with $382,000 cash on hand.
Hyde-Smith enjoys a favorability rating in the poll close to 55% while Espy sits at just over 40%. Nearly 61% of Mississippians polled approve of the job the current junior Republican Senator from Mississippi is doing.
The poll also shows that Mississippians remain concerned about voter fraud that could stem from expanded “no-excuse” mail in voting. Nearly 61% of respondents oppose widespread mail-in voting in Mississippi for this November’s General Election.