NRLC-endorsed Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith defeats pro-abortion former Congressman Mike Espy

By Dave Andrusko

Left to right: NRL Political Director Karen Cross, pro-life Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, and NRLC President Carol Tobias

In the last mid-term election of 2018 , pro-life Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) defeated pro-abortion former Congressman Mike Espy (D) in a run-off election to serve the remaining two years of the term of pro-life Senator Thad Cochran who retired in April.

Hyde-Smith’s 54% to 46% victory means Republicans picked up two seats in the midterms, increasing their Senate majority to 53.

Her victory keeps a strong new pro-life voice in the Senate, more important than ever now that pro-abortion Democrats control the House of Representatives.

In the short time since her appointment to the U.S. Senate, Cindy Hyde-Smith demonstrated a strong pro-life record including a vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a vote for the Rand Paul Amendment to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s abortion giant, signed onto a letter urging the Administration to issue new prolife regulation surrounding the Title X family planning program and signed onto a letter urging the Administration to reverse Obama-era policy by requiring separate billing and payment for abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans.

National Right to Life was active on behalf of Sen. Hyde-Smith. For example, we reached more than 60,000 pro-life Mississippians. We ran radio ads statewide, mailed brochures, distributed literature drop flyers, made Get-out-the-vote calls, and shared videos, memes, and articles on social media.

There were the usual ugly Democratic smear attacks against Sen. Hyde-Smith but she was unfazed. As Carol Tobias, NRLC President, described it, “Cindy Hyde-Smith was the only candidate in the November 27 run-off election who represents the true pro-life values of Mississippi.”