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U.S. Senators discuss maintaining GOP control in mid-term elections

Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money. Source: WLBT Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money. Source: WLBT
Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money. Source: WLBT Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money. Source: WLBT
Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money. Source: WLBT Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money. Source: WLBT
Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money. Source: WLBT Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money. Source: WLBT
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

You've likely seen the campaign signs and even the TV ads. Things are ramping up for not one, but two U.S. Senate races and Mississippi's two Senators are back home with another colleague they are hoping will bring in more money.

Three U.S. Senators were in one room in Ridgeland Tuesday.

Why?

They're bragging about the tax reforms passed by the Republican-led Congress, but you may still be asking why.

The answer, it's an election year.

"We have a one vote margin,' explained Senator John Thune of South Dakota. "Right now, every race is extremely high stakes. Obviously, it's an unusual circumstance that we have two senate races in Mississippi this year, both of which we need to hang onto if we're going to hang onto our majority which I think is critical for our country."

Senator Thune is the third-highest ranking Republican in the Senate as Republican Conference Chairman. He's also in town to help raise money. Senator Roger Wicker noted that they're working with a narrow margin to get items like the recent tax cuts passed.

"In November, all of that is at stake," said Wicker.

Wicker will face a primary challenge from Richard Boyanton next month. Six Democrats, including House Democratic leader David Baria, will be on the Democratic primary ballot.

Mississippi hasn't had a Democrat in the U.S. Senate since 1989.

Senator Thad Cochran's retirement opened up an unusual opportunity that Democrats are hoping to take advantage of.

READ MORE: Thad Cochran to resign from Senate effective April 1

Democrats Mike Espy and Jason Shelton are running in that special election. Espy is doing well in some polling. The Governor's interim appointee Cindy Hyde-Smith hasn't received an endorsement from the President like Wicker.

Here's what she said about their recent meeting.

"I'm running in Mississippi," she said. "I want the endorsement of the people of Mississippi. It would be nice from the President, but very good meeting from him."

Hyde-Smith is leading in early polling, but the Mason-Dixon poll did note that she was lacking in name recognition.

All three of these Senators hoping to do enough to preserve their narrow majority.

Senators John Thune and Roger Wicker spoke at a fundraising event in Jackson Tuesday night.

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