Trump Swoops In To Rally For Embattled Senate Republican

Trump Swoops In To Rally For Embattled Senate Republican

Trump Swoops In To Rally For Embattled Senate Republican

MS voters are deciding a racially charged Senate election that has dredged up the Deep South state's ugly past.

The nooses and six handwritten signs referring to the state's history of lynchings and to a U.S. Senate election were found Monday - the day before a runoff between appointed Republican Sen.

Over the past week, high-profile contributors to the campaign of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith including Walmart, AT&T, Pfizer, and Major League Baseball have requested a refund after the MS politician's "public hanging" remark sparked outrage. In an apparent effort to praise him, she told rancher Colin Hutchinson, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row".

MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings.

Trump's Republican base is fiercely opposed to illegal immigration, and addressing the issue at his rallies in Tupelo at 4:15 pm (2115 GMT) and then Biloxi is a sure way to fire up conservative voters hours before Mississippi's runoff.

For the past couple of days we've been talking about how Major League Baseball's PAC made a maximum donation to the campaign of U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Espy, who is an attorney, said: "I found out later that this guy, the president, was a really bad guy".

She thanked President Donald Trump for his support, including two campaign stops he made Monday. More than a week after the video's release, she said she apologized to "anyone that was offended by my comments", but also said the remark was used as a "weapon" against her.

On Monday, several nooses were found at the MS capitol in Jackson in an apparent protest against the tone of the election.

"We want leaders who give honest apologies and can be humble enough to admit when they're wrong", reads one of the signs. We urge all our CHQ friends and readers in MS to heed President Trump's warning: Don't take anything for granted, be sure to vote for Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in today's Senate run-off.

A noose hangs on a tree in Jackson
A noose hangs on a tree in Jackson

She said, "We've prayed more than you can imagine - down at the heart of our home, at church, we prayed a few times before we came here".

Trump also cautioned that a Democratic win by Espy could "revoke" gains Republicans make in the Senate earlier this month.

So could a Democrat win?

An election victory would see Espy become the first African-American U.S. senator from MS since Reconstruction. Even more damaging was the report that Hyde-Smith had sent her own daughter to a similar "whites-only" institution decades later.

"We can't afford a senator who embarrasses us and reinforces the stereotypes we've worked so hard to overcome", one ad for the Democrat said. And the simplest, most common reason why they support her?

The last contest of the midterm election cycle, Tuesday's election will not affect the balance of power in the new-look Congress that sits in January.

Why is the election still ongoing?

President Donald Trump is heading to MS for two rallies to try to keep a Senate seat in Republican hands.

Under the state's law, if no candidate wins over 50% of the votes, a runoff election must take place. Hyde-Smith outpaced Espy by about 8,400 votes, or just a single percentage point, on November 6, while Republican Chris McDaniel took 17 percent.

Polls in the state close at 20:00 local time on Tuesday, with results to follow soon after.

Given the uncertainty about voter turnout, and Hyde-Smith's visible deficiencies as a candidate and public speaker, Republican state and national officials have openly expressed concern that the runoff could produce an upset victory for the Democrat, like that won by Doug Jones in Alabama a year ago, when he narrowly defeated the ultra-right Republican nominee Roy Moore.

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