Anyone who toils in the fields of an entire two-year election cycle starts to see the light that is November 6 once the calendar turns to October. Except that Election Day isn’t always the end of the cycle. There are usually a few recounts, and then there are the run-offs. Post-election run-offs aren’t that common, only a few states require them and even then, it’s rare that they actually happen. 2018 will host at least one run-off, in the special election in Mississippi, and it’s possible there will be another in the Governor’s race in Georgia.


In Mississippi, there is a special election to fill the remainder of former Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s term. Under the state’s special election laws, all the candidates will run on a non-partisan ballot (no party affiliations listed). If no candidate gets 50 percent, the top two candidates proceed to a run-off on November 27. There are four candidates running: appointed U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, state Sen. and 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, former Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Rep. Mike Espy,

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