(WTVA) - A Mason-Dixon poll released Friday shows U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith would have an easier time winning the November special election for the seat than fellow Republican Chris McDaniel.
The survey found Hyde-Smith with a 46 percent to 34 percent lead over Democrat Mike Espy with 20 percent undecided.
It also found that when Espy's opponent was McDaniel, the Democrat takes a 42 percent to 40 percent lead with 18 percent undecided.
The poll results are based on responses from 625 Mississippi registered voters interviewed on the phone from April 14 to April 16.
There has been national media attention on the election, which came about with the retirement of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.
Multiple media outlets have reported that Republicans in Washington are concerned about the GOP losing that Senate seat to the Democrats.
Governor Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to hold Cochran's seat until the election decides who should serve the remainder of the term.
McDaniel challenged Cochran in 2014 and almost beat him in the GOP primary.
Espy announced his intention immediately after Cochran announced he was stepping down. The only other Democrat in the race is Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.
Qualifying for the special election ends Tuesday.