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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith announces she will seek reelection in 2026

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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has served in the Senate since 2018 (Photo by SuperTalk Mississippi News)

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith announced Thursday that she will seek reelection ahead of her first full term ending in January 2027.

During an appearance on The Gallo Show, the Republican from Mississippi made it clear that any rumors of her not running again are false and she fully intends to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate.

“Oh, I am definitely planning on running again. You know, you hear those rumors, and I think people who are interested in this seat are probably starting those rumors. But that’s just what it is – it’s just rumors,” Hyde-Smith said. “I will be campaigning next year.”

While Hyde-Smith’s chamber counterpart, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, is up for reelection this year along with all four of the state’s congressional seats on top of the presidential primary, the former agriculture commissioner is already asking people to not only go vote this year but plan to return to the polls in two years when she’s up for reelection.

“Roger is up now, and I truly want to emphasize the importance of getting out to vote come March 12. When there’s a presidential election on the vote, it’s just a higher turnout. So, when I’m up, that’s not going to be the case,” Hyde-Smith said, adding that she anticipates another endorsement from the former president and once again GOP candidate, Donald Trump.

“And I hope that I’ll have President Donald Trump helping me campaign and that he will become president.”

Hyde-Smith was initially appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Phil Bryant in April 2018 following the resignation of longtime Sen. Thad Cochran. After a four-month interim stint in D.C., she defeated State Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary and former Bill Clinton cabinet member Mike Espy in a special election that fall.

In 2020, Hyde-Smith filed to run for her first full term, later defeating Espy again in the general election. She was endorsed by Trump during both the 2018 and 2020 elections.

During her time in Congress, Hyde-Smith has served on the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Rules and Administration, and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. She is also chair of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus.

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