Jackson, MS — Support for appointed U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is exceedingly soft, according to polling performed by Insight Public Opinion, a polling firm out of Raleigh, NC.
Fifty-nine percent of voters who indicated support for former Democrat Cindy Hyde-Smith also indicated they would not vote for the U.S. Senator who formerly backed Hillary Clinton for president after they learn two key pieces of information about Hyde-Smith: That she was a lifelong Democrat until she switched parties to run for statewide office, and that she supported Hillary Clinton for President.
In a survey of thousands of likely Mississippi voters conducted on landlines between September 13 and September 18, 927 likely voters indicated they currently supported appointed U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
On being informed that Hyde-Smith was a lifelong Democrat and that she supported Hillary Clinton, however, 550 of those 927 indicated they would no longer vote for Hyde-Smith.
Hyde-Smith’s rapid loss of support among likely Republican voters who learn of her Democrat voting past could serve as a dark stain on the record for would-be king makers in the establishment GOP like Phil Bryant who selected Cindy Hyde-Smith to replace Thad Cochran earlier this year.
Conservatives in Mississippi echo the survey’s results.
“This poll is utterly unsurprising,” said Bryan Fischer, of American Family Radio. “I knew Cindy Hyde-Smith’s support was paper-thin since her value system as a decades-long-Democrat and Hillary supporter is so out of phase with where Mississippians are at.”
“She’s been able to camouflage her true colors, but the veneer is wearing off,” the conservative talker said. “The more Mississippians find out about her, the more they will realize Chris McDaniel is the only one in the race who will promote and defend their most cherished values.”
Kim Wade, a charismatic former black nationalist who for nearly a decade has hosted conservative talk radio in the Jackson, Mississippi, area, echoed American Family Radio’s Fischer.
“Mississippians rejected Hillary Clinton very soundly in 2016,” he said. “There’s no way Mississippians, if they knew Cindy Hyde-Smith supported Hillary, would actually send a lifelong Democrat back to D.C. to represent them.”
Indeed, even President Trump strongly opposed Cindy Hyde-Smith after Phil Bryant selected her to complete the ailing Thad Cochran’s term in the senate, as The Hill reported.
Hyde-Smith’s soft support among likely Republican voters validates President Trump’s initial strong opposition to Gov. Phil Bryant’s appointment of the lifelong Democrat.
The White House’s opposition to a Democrat who voted for Hillary as a U.S. Senator makes sense, give that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton with 58 percent of the vote to Hillary’s 40 percent in 2016.
Hyde-Smith’s Democrat Past Could Destroy Her Chances at Holding Incumbency
That the interim senator’s soft numbers with likely Republicans are directly attributable to her Democrat past and previous support of Hillary Clinton could serve as a warning flag for consultants, donors, and Republican Party poobahs alike.
In August, former Democrat Kevin Nicholson and his outside supporters raised and spent over $8 millionagainst party insider and Paul Ryan’s handpicked nominee Leah Vukmir in an effort to win the Republican nomination to take on Democrat Senator Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin.
Nicholson’s boosters, one of which was Dick Uihlein, outspent establishment Republican Vukmir two to one, but Vukmir and her team countered with a savage volley of advertisements that simply recounted Nicholson’s Democrat past.
In the end, Nicholson’s millions weren’t enough to overcome his Democrat past.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Mitch McConnell campaign apparatus that works to keep conservatives out of the U.S. Senate, could very well have a similar problem on their hands with Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Mississippi voters, once informed of Hyde-Smith’s Democrat voting past and support for Hillary Clinton, leave her in droves, according to the survey by Insight Public Opinion.
It remains to be seen what resources will be spent telling Mississippi’s Republican voters about Hyde-Smith’s support of Hillary Clinton and her Democrat past.
But if the survey is accurate, Hyde-Smith will need to expend vast resources hiding her past as a Democrat and a Hillary supporter if she is to hold onto the Thad Cochran senate seat for the remainder of the term.