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Elderly former Cindy Hyde-Smith voter explains his switch to Mike Espy: ‘We need to get into the mainstream’

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On Tuesday, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard talked to voters ahead of the special election runoff for the U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, between disgraced Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy.

“What are you hearing from voters today?” MSNBC’S Katy Tur asked.

“The one thing that we’ve consistently heard from voters across the border as they walk in the polls is frustration with the perpetuation of the idea that Mississippi continues to be a place of racial division,” Hillyard responded.

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Hyde-Smith has been scrutinized after she made comments about how she would attend a “public hanging.”

A former Hyde-Smith voter said that they were no longer voting for her because it is time for a change.

“I think she just indicated that she had some extreme views, which I don’t share. We don’t need people like that voting or representing Mississippi. We need to get into the mainstream of things. That’s pretty much it,” Voter Sutton Marks said.

According to U.S. New, Mississippi comes in nearly last in most categories from health care and health access to health care quality and affordability, education in general and particularly reading scores. It also has the highest infant mortality rate in the U.S.

Watch the video below via MSNBC.

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The 889 new fatalities reported in the world's worst-hit nation came a day after it registered 969 deaths on Friday -- the highest single toll since the COVID-19 virus emerged late last year.

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Joe Biden has one key coronavirus question he wants answered: ‘Where are the tests, Mr. President?’

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