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NJ donors not playing in Mississippi Senate race

Candidates have barely raised anything in Garden State

By David Wildstein, November 23 2018 10:45 am

New Jersey has barely played in the  last of the 2018 U.S. Senate races comes on Tuesday, when Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith faces a runoff against Democrat Mike Espy.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker was in Mississippi stumping for Espy earlier this week.

Hyde-Smith has raised $13,500 from New Jersey donors, including $5,000 each from Russell Herman of Rumson and Rebecca Weitman of Hoboken.

Espy has brought in $21,075 from New Jersey, with former Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells his top Garden State donor at $2,700.  Since the November 6 general election, Espy has received $1,000 contributions from Larry Grodjeski of Montvale and Peter Gould of Haddonfield.

Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in March following the resignation of longtime Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran for health reasons.  She caught some national attention recently after saying that she would attend a public hanging if she were invited to one.

Espy is a former congressman who served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton administration.  He would become the first Black Senator from the deep South since Reconstruction.

Hyde-Smith led Espy 41.5%-40,6% on November 6 in a field that included two other Republicans.  She is the favorite to win the runoff.

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