JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Millsaps College and Mississippi Public Broadcasting will present a debate between candidates running in a U.S. Senate special election.
“Decision 2018: Mississippi U.S. Senate Debate” will take place Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex on the Millsaps campus and will be broadcast live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television and MPB Think Radio.
The resignation of Thad Cochran Apr. 1 created the opening.
Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill the seat until the special election determines who serves the final two years of Cochran's term.
Candidates Mike Espy, a former congressman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, state Sen. Chris McDaniel and Tobey Bartee, former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer, have committed to participating in the debate. Hyde-Smith has an open invitation to join the debate but has cited scheduling issues with the Senate calendar as a likely obstacle to her participation.
“This is an important election for the state and the country, and Millsaps College is proud to work with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to bring these candidates together to discuss their positions on crucial issues,” said Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps College. “Millsaps prides itself on being a public square for important conversations on social, economic, cultural, and political topics, and we look forward to hosting the candidates next month.”
The race to fill Cochran’s seat is drawing national attention as it is one of a handful of hotly contested races that could determine control of the U.S. Senate following the 2018 midterms.
The debate is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors of the Recital Hall will open at 6:15 p.m.