With the announcement that Cindy Hyde-Smith will be Mississippi’s next U.S. Senator, Vermont will now stand alone as the only state never represented by a woman in Congress.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will be appointing Hyde-Smith to replace retiring Senator Thad Cochran on April 1. The new Senator will then have to run in a special election this November to keep her job for two more years (the rest of Cochran’s term).
On that same day, Mississippi’s other Senator–Roger Wicker–will also be up for re-election. Wicker is expected to win easily.
However, the rules of the special election will be a little different because there will be no primaries to determine party nominees. Instead, Hyde-Smith will run in a three-way race against Republican state Senator Chris McDaniel and a former Democratic Congressman, Mike Espy. If nobody wins a majority of the vote, the top two candidates will meet in a December run-off election.