By Mike Espy

We may not have won our race for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi. But there is a hell of a lot we accomplished together.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for praying for me, thank you for voting for me, thank you for supporting me, thank you for working hard for me, thank you for holding my hand. Thank you for making this the best campaign Mississippi has ever had.

Every single person who called, who knocked doors, who texted, who donated, who talked to their family, friends, and neighbors. …

By Mike Espy

Over the last six days, we’ve travelled all across the state of Mississippi. As I have talked about this week with Mississippians of all races, all genders, and all political beliefs, there is MOMENTUM in Mississippi. Momentum for progress. Here’s a quick update on our weekend.

On Saturday, we began in McComb where we had PERFECT weather to safely gather outside. We even did some dancing. I do have a little rhythm.

When we pulled up to Hattiesburg, I could NOT believe my eyes. A whole crowd of people standing outside, ready to move Mississippi forward. Folks…

By Mike Espy

Hello from the road!

This morning we kicked off our “Momentum in Mississippi Tour” — a five-day bus trip across the entire state to touch every community before Election Day.

This is BIG TIME. We are building the biggest state-wide campaign Mississippi has ever seen, and bringing the new spirit of inclusiveness and diversity to every corner of the state. With your support (even just $10 here and there) we’ll keep building during these critical last six days.

Before we started rolling, I had to take a photo of our Momentum in Mississippi Tour bus. It’s not…

By Mike Espy

I’ll keep this Sunday update quick. Here’s what Team Espy has been up to during these final make-or-break days before we make history on November 3.

Our volunteers and organizers started last week with socially-distanced outdoor phone banks. Check out our Jackson Metro team hard at work. This weekend alone, we made more than 58,000 calls to voters.

We ended the week knocking some doors. I grabbed a handful of flyers and put on my mask and gloves to canvass with the team.

On this day 65 years ago, 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi.

He was brutally beaten, shot and lynched. His body was later found in the Tallahatchie River — weighed down by a cotton gin fan wrapped in barbed wire.

The reason? Emmett, visiting from Chicago, had allegedly whistled at a white woman at a store in Money. Decades later, the woman admitted that the event had never happened, and that her accusation against Emmett Till was completely fabricated.

Hours later, the white woman’s family came after Emmett, kidnapping him in the middle of the night from…

The violence against unarmed Black people — names we know, and names we don’t know — must end.

By Mike Espy

Earlier this week, a young Black man named Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times at close range by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It happened in front of his children. Jacob’s father now says his son is paralyzed from the waist down.

This is the kind of unnecessary, violent injustice that Black people see every day. People ask, what can we do?

But no matter the amount of technology, no matter the training, no matter the amount of money to improve police departments, the reason we still see this injustice is because of inherent bias…

“In Mississippi … so many people lack preventative care because they are reticent to go to the doctor. … They don’t want to get a bill that they can’t pay,” Espy states. Photo courtesy Mike Espy

by Team Espy

In all the chaos of 2020, the 2018 special election that saw former U.S. Rep. and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy returning to vie for national office seems a distant memory. That contest is a prologue to this fall’s rematch, one that touched on vastly different themes than those now troubling the nation.

Of all the issues separating Espy from his opponent, Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, their approach to health care may represent the starkest divide. Certainly, it is the most resonant question in a year of anxiety and agony over the pandemic and the state of America’s…

The rural Big Bend region of West Texas. (Courthouse News photo/Travis Bubenik)

by Team Espy

Early in Tuesday’s meeting, Nevada Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall said that “if we learned anything in 2016, we learned that we need rural voters. We need to listen to rural voters.”

Marshall, who referred to rural voters as the Democratic Party’s “firewall” in 2020, offered that liberals must recognize the unique problems of regions of the country too often painted as monolithic and take real stock of rural community members who were essential “long before that term became a work of art.”

Expanded, reliable access to broadband internet and quality health care were two central refrains of…

by Team Espy

Former United States Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy accepted a debate invitation from WJTV 12 News.

Espy (D-Miss.) is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).

Hyde-Smith’s campaign has not accepted the invitation at this time.

Watch here.

By Team Espy

As I’m sure you know by now, a hurricane and a tropical storm with hurricane potential are headed toward the Mississippi Coast as you read this.

Hurricane Marco, a Category 1 storm, is expected to make landfall on the Louisiana Gulf Coast within the next 24 hours, with Tropical Storm Laura, which has the potential to grow to a hurricane, expected Wednesday.

Mississippians have already begun preparing for Marco and Laura this weekend. Hurricane conditions, life-threatening storm surges, and heavy rainfall are expected across the Mississippi coast. …

Mike Espy

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