GOP US Sen. Hyde-Smith wins divisive runoff, keeps her seat

  • Democrat Mike Espy, right, who sought to unseat appointed U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., shakes hands with a supporter in a crowded auditorium at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss., after losing the runoff election, Tuesday night, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles A. Smith)

  • Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, speaks to supporters as she celebrates her runoff win over Democrat Mike Espy in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Hyde-Smith will now serve the final two years of retired Republican Sen. Thad Cochran’s six year term. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive Mississippi runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction.