Here’s some encouraging news today out of Mississippi:
An internal poll released by Democrat Mike Espy’s U.S. Senate campaign on Thursday reports he’s gaining ground and is within five points of incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, to whom he lost by more than seven points in a 2018 special election.
But Hyde-Smith’s campaign released its own internal poll later Thursday, reporting she has a 20-point lead, and her camp questioned the methodology and veracity of Espy’s poll. Many statewide and national politicos don’t consider the race to be competitive, and previous polling has shown the incumbent Republican with healthier leads in one of the reddest states in the country.
Espy is challenging Hyde-Smith in the November general election.
The Espy telephone poll of 600 likely Mississippi voters from July 30 to Aug. 9 reports Hyde-Smith leading with 47%, Espy with 42% and about 3% supporting a third party.
A 23-year-old Mississippi mother suffered an asthma attack at home after working a shift at fast food restaurant. Her cousins rushed her to the nearest hospital, but they didn't know the rural emergency room had closed years earlier after struggling with unpaid medical bills.
Shyteria Shardae “Shy” Shoemaker died that night, leaving behind an infant daughter, who also has asthma.
To Espy, the story was deeply personal. He, too, suffered from asthma and said he almost died as a young boy because of it.
Now, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate is talking more about his own narrow survival six decades ago — and the death of Shoemaker — as he hones his message on health care.
As the novel coronavirus continues to shed a light on stark health disparities that have long existed in Mississippi communities, Mike Espy is now making access to affordable healthcare the central issue of his U.S. Senate campaign.
Espy, the Democratic nominee for the U.S Senate, has recently hosted several virtual roundtable events and aired campaign ads that home in on healthcare, particularly the problem of how low income Mississippians often cannot afford access to quality medical care.
“Jim Eastland was the senator that appointed the judges because he was the head of the judiciary committee,” Espy said at a recent campaign event. “Senator Stennis was the senator of the modern Navy because he was over armed forces. And Senator Cochran was the senator for agriculture. I want to be the senator for healthcare.”
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