JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has accepted an invitation from Mississippi Farm Bureau to debate her Democrat opponent, Mike Espy, prior to the U.S. Senate runoff.
The invitation for the Nov. 20 face-off outlined the plans for the event to be widely available, including television and radio broadcasts.
“With the U.S. Senate being in session for several days next week, and the Thanksgiving holiday taking place later this month, the proposed date of Nov. 20 is ideal for voters to have an opportunity to learn the clear differences between conservative Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and liberal Democrat Mike Espy,” said Melissa Scallan, Hyde-Smith's campaign communications director.
After Hyde-Smith and Espy finished one-two in a field of four candidates Tuesday, Espy sent Hyde-Smith an open letter requesting a debate.
"Mississippians deserve to hear our views and understand where we differ, whether it’s on health care, education, or job opportunities," said Espy in the letter. "The stakes are just too high."
The runoff is Tuesday Nov. 27. The winner will serve the final two years of a 6-year term that was begun by Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned in April. Hyde-Smith was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve until the special election.