- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2018

The National Rifle Association picked sides Monday in Mississippi’s special Senate election, throwing its support behind Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Mrs. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the seat when Republican Sen. Thad Cochran stepped down after serving four decades in the Senate.

She is running in November to finish remainder of Mr. Cochran’s term in a nonpartisan jungle primary that also features Republican Chris McDaniel and Democrat Mike Espy.

Cindy Hyde-Smith is an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment and will work to ensure that our constitutional rights are protected,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “Hyde-Smith will protect our right to keep and bear arms in the U.S. Senate and vote to confirm Supreme Court justices who respect the Second Amendment.”

If none of the candidates collect 50 percent of the vote in the special election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff race.

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