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The Latest: Mississippi has 2 US Senate elections

November 6, 2018
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018 photograph, President Donald Trump stands in the shadows while U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., encourages the crowd at a rally in Southaven, Miss. Candidates and political action committees are increasing advertising ahead of the crowded Nov. 6 special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi elections. (all times local):

8:10 a.m.

There are two elections for United State Senate in Mississippi this year.

Republicans hope to keep both seats as Democrats are putting more effort into those races than in the past several election cycles in Mississippi.

Polls opened Tuesday morning and are to close at 7 p.m.

The winner of the regular Senate election gets a full six-year term. Republican Sen. Roger Wicker faces Democrat David Baria and two other candidates.

There is also a special election to fill the final two years of Sen. Thad Cochran’s term. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to serve temporarily when Cochran retired in April. She’s being challenged by Democrats Tobey Bernard Bartee and Mike Espy and Republican Chris McDaniel.

If no one wins a majority, there will be a runoff Nov. 27.

1:30 a.m.

Mississippi is in the unusual position of electing two U.S. senators in the same year.

Republicans are trying to keep both seats, but Democrats are putting more effort into these races than in the past few election cycles in Mississippi.

Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

The winner of a regular Senate election gets a full six-year term. Republican Sen. Roger Wicker is challenged by Democrat David Baria and two other candidates.

The other contest is a special election to fill the final two years of Sen. Thad Cochran’s term. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to serve temporarily when Cochran retired in April. She’s challenged by Democrats Tobey Bernard Bartee and Mike Espy and Republican Chris McDaniel.

If nobody wins a majority in the special election, a runoff is Nov. 27.

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