Trump rallies Hyde-Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

Trump rallies Hyde-Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

Trump rallies Hyde-Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

Trump won 58 percent of the state's vote in 2016, and Hyde-Smith has tied herself closely to his presidency.

"So, that's a Mississippi I want to be a part of, one of diversity, one of inclusion, one of different experiences ..." More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested and that number could increase, the state secretary of state's office said on Saturday. "They have stooped to a new low, attacking her entire family and trying to destroy her personally instead of focusing on the clear differences on the issues between Cindy Hyde-Smith and her far-left opponent".

On Friday, the Jackson Free Press reported that Hyde-Smith attended a private high school that was founded in 1970 so that white parents could avoid attempts to integrate schools by sending their children to schools without black students. Joni Ernst, Hyde-Smith spoke to Republican stalwarts at a Meridian museum Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday's runoff election will conclude the 2018 midterms.

Hyde-Smith was recorded telling supporters in Tupelo earlier this month that she'd be "on the front row" if one of her supporters there "invited me to a public hanging" - a phrase her campaign called an "exaggerated expression of regard".

With all but one midterm election decided, national attention has turned to the U.S. Senate runoff race in MS between incumbent Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger Mike Espy.

Trump predicted a big day on Tuesday for Hyde-Smith and the Republican Party.

Johnson gave the maximum donation of $2,700 to her campaign.

Espy is seeking an upset victory in a deep red state after Democrat Doug Jones edged Republican Roy Moore in a December 2017 special election to fill former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate seat. Thad Cochran retired in April for health reasons, will face Espy on Tuesday to serve the remaining two years of Cochran's term. Many have taken the remark to be inappropriate due to Mississippi's history of racial violence. Her campaign said the remark about voting was a joke. She said there are as many as 95,000 Black women in the state who historically vote in presidential elections but not at other times. The victor of the runoff gets the final two years of a term he started.

"I always say, if a senator catches a cold, we don't have a majority", he told reporters on October 24.

The Cook Political Report puts the race as only "leaning" Republican, however, and some commentators have predicted softening support for Hyde-Smith related to comments she's made and photographs that are being used by her opponents to portray her as racist.

The photo shows the school's mascot dressed in what appears to be a Confederate uniform holding a Confederate flag. He's been a fan of this team for more than 40 years, but with Johnson owning the team, he's made a decision to financially boycott the franchise following the revelation that Johnson had donated to Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Espy, and three Democrats who could run for president in 2020 - Sens.

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