1. Various of Cindy Hyde-Smith hugging supporters at her voting precinct
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Clinton Allen, Mississippi Resident:
"We go to church with Cindy. She's real. She's – we need good Christian leaders up there, and she's a good Christian lady, so, she's our choice."
3. Various of Cindy Hyde-Smith posing for pictures with supporters
4. Cindy Hyde-Smith walking and getting in her car
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, (R) Mississippi
"We have worked very hard, and we feel very good."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicole Martin Jones, Mississippi Resident:
"To me it's very emotional, and the stuff that she's been saying, it's just – I don't care to go into it. It's just, I really can't explain it. It's just, it's emotional for me. That's all I can say about it."
7. Various of activity at polling site
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicole Martin Jones, Mississippi Resident:
"I just, I believe in the things he talks about and doing for Mississippi, and, it's just – I just believe in him. I do."
Voting was swift and easy in many precincts Tuesday as Mississippi residents were deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican Senate appointee backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House.
History will be made either way: Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, 59, would be the first woman ever elected to Congress from Mississippi, and Democrat Mike Espy, 64, would be the state's first African-American U.S. senator since Reconstruction.
As Hyde-Smith arrived at her polling precinct in Brookhaven to cast her vote Tuesday, she hugged supporters and said "it was wonderful" that President Donald Trump visited Mississippi to rally support for her.
She also said she's proud of her campaign.
"We have worked very hard, and we feel very good," she said after casting her vote.
She had several supporters she knew personally from the community.
"We go to church with Cindy," Clinton Allen said. "She's real. She's – we need good Christian leaders up there, and she's a good Christian lady, so, she's our choice. We're going to vote for her – voted for her."
But not everyone in her district was behind her.
Nicole Martin Jones who voted for Mike espy says the entire process is a "very emotional" one for her. "I just, I believe in the things he talks about and doing for Mississippi, and, it's just – I just believe in him. I do."
Mississippi last elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1982, but Espy was trying for the same kind of long shot win that fellow Democrat Doug Jones had nearly a year ago in neighboring Alabama, another conservative Deep South state where Republicans hold most statewide offices.