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The Latest: Hyde-Smith swears she never voted for Clinton

October 5, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate race in Mississippi (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi is denouncing an opponent’s claim that she voted for Hillary Clinton.

Hyde-Smith spoke Friday evening in a telephone town hall meeting arranged by her campaign. She said: “I could swear to you on a stack of Bibles that would go through the roof of the building we are standing in — I have never and would never vote for Hillary Clinton.”

The senator faces three challengers in November. Republican Chris McDaniel frequently says Hyde-Smith voted for Clinton in a 2008 Democratic primary.

Hyde-Smith served 11 years in the state Senate as a Democrat before switching parties in late 2010.

Hyde-Smith remains in Washington as the Senate moves toward a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whom she supports.

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2:02 p.m.

A second U.S. Senate campaign debate in Mississippi is falling apart because two of the four candidates declined to participate.

Clarion Ledger editor Sam Hall on Friday announced cancellation of the Oct. 23 debate the newspaper was helping sponsor. This happened after cancellation of the first debate set for Thursday.

Both times, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she wouldn’t participate if she had to be in Washington, and Democrat Mike Espy said he wouldn’t debate without Hyde-Smith. That left Republican Chris McDaniel and Democrat Tobey Bernard Bartee, and sponsors backed out.

The Thursday debate was sponsored by Millsaps College and Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Other sponsors of the Oct. 23 debate were WLBT-TV, the League of Woman Voters and the Mississippi Bar Association.

The election is next month.

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