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Hyde-Smith accepts Farm Bureau debate; Espy considering it

A Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi is accepting an invitation to debate her Democratic opponent a week before the Nov. 27 runoff.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2018 11:33 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi is accepting an invitation to debate her Democratic opponent a week before the Nov. 27 runoff.

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is organizing a Nov. 20 debate in Jackson, with plans for it to be televised.


Cindy Hyde-Smith

Mike Espy | Photo: Twitter

Campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan says Thursday that Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will take part.

Danny Blanton, campaign spokesman for Democrat Mike Espy, says his campaign is reviewing "terms and conditions" before deciding whether to accept.

Espy sent Hyde-Smith a letter Wednesday challenging her to three debates.

The runoff winner will serve the final two years of a term started by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired in April.

Hyde-Smith was state agriculture commissioner when the governor chose her as Cochran's temporary successor.

Espy is a former U.S. agriculture secretary.

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