Trump in MS to rally for GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith

Trump in MS to rally for GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith

Trump in MS to rally for GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith

The senate race is the final one of the midterms and if Hyde-Smith wins, she will become the first woman elected to Congress in Mississippi.

Hyde-Smith's runoff election against Espy, a former congressman and US agriculture secretary, has been far closer than expected thanks to a series of racial controversies, including a photo that emerged of Hyde-Smith wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video in which she said she'd be "on the front row" if invited to a public hanging.

The comment prompted outrage in a Deep South state scarred by a history of lynchings, and boosted support for Mike Espy, her Democratic challenger.

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

But Trump said that he will be doing two rallies for Hyde-Smith and her praised her in a tweet on Sunday. It's the last U.S. Senate race to be decided in 2018 and will determine whether Republicans add to their slim majority.

Over the weekend, CNN reported, while she was a state senator, Hyde-Smith cosponsored a resolution to honor a Confederate soldier during the Civil War for "defending his homeland" and advocated a revisionist view of the Civil War.

Espy, if elected, would become the first African-American to represent MS in the Senate since Reconstruction. Hyde-Smith declined to answer any of the questions, instead slipping into her auto and proceeding to a private event. Thad Cochran, who left office for health reasons.

The league said in a statement Sunday it was revoking a $5,000 donation it had made to Hyde-Smith. "I have stood up for you and you know I will continue to stand up for the conservative values of MS". Some 38 percent of the state's residents are black, and Espy is trying to boost their turnout and pick up support from white voters who are uneasy with Trump or the racially tinged stories about Hyde-Smith.

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Furthermore, Jon Heyman of Fancred reported that MLB's contribution came before it was aware of Hyde-Smith's comments.

After the event in Tupelo, best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, Hyde-Smith and Trump flew to the Gulf Coast for a larger rally in Biloxi where thousands of Trump supporters were waiting. Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Espy, and three Democrats who could run for president in 2020 - Sens.

Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan responded to the report by saying: "In their latest attempt to help Mike Espy, the gotcha liberal media has taken leave of their senses". MS last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982.

The school, Lawrence County Academy, was set up for white parents to avoid sending their children to school with black children, according to the Free Press.

Espy hasn't hammered Hyde-Smith on Trump at every turn. "She's a person that loves the people of MS, she loves the people of this country".

Major League Baseball made the contribution on November 23, which was after the controversy erupted in the press.

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

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