Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith will take part in a debate with Democrat candidate Mike Espy on November 20th, one week before the runoff election is set to take place.

The same day Hyde-Smith accepted the debate invitation from Mississippi Farm Bureau, Espy sent a letter challenging her to three debates which would be moderated by a nonpartisan institution able to broadcast the event to the entire state of Mississippi.

The election runoff takes place Tuesday, November 27th.  If Hyde-Smith is elected, she will be the first woman elected to Washington from the state of Mississippi.  If Espy is elected, he will be the first African-American Senator to represent the state of Mississippi.