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Mike Espy sets up Mississippi Senate rematch against Cindy Hyde-Smith

Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy
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Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy will take on Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) for the state's Senate seat again in 2020 after Espy announced his campaign plans Tuesday, per ABC News.

The backdrop: When Hyde-Smith and Espy first ran against each other in 2018, it brought Mississippi's turbulent history with race to the forefront after Hyde-Smith made comments about a public hanging. Hyde-Smith is the state's first female senator, and Espy would be its first African American senator since Reconstruction.

Go deeper: The fight for Mississippi's special Senate election