President Trump has waded into the last Senate midterm election tomorrow after the incumbent caused a race row that could end in her losing her safe MS seat in a run-off this week.
Hyde-Smith has had several stumbles, defending herself after a photograph emerged of her wearing a replica Confederate soldier's hat, as well as a video of her praising a supporter by saying she would sit on the front row of a public hanging with him.
The comment prompted outrage in a Deep South state scarred by a history of lynchings, and boosted support for Mike Espy, her Democratic challenger.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (L) with US President Donald Trump at Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, on October 2, 2018. Defeat would leave the Republicans with only a...
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Mississippi's two U.S. Senate candidates rallied supporters around their themes of conservatism and moderation Sunday as they entered the closing days of their campaigns.
"Democrats will also destroy your health care by inviting caravan after caravan after caravan" of immigrants into the country illegally, he claimed, warning they would wreak havoc and bankrupt the Treasury Department.
In her debate with Espy, Hyde-Smith said she would "certainly apologize" to anyone who was offended by her remark about attending a "public hanging".More news: 'I don't believe it' - Trump dismisses government climate report
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The historic contest features Hyde-Smith, who would be the first woman elected to Congress from MS, against Espy, who's vying to become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction. Thad Cochran, who retired in April.
John Burris, a civil rights attorney, says he is a huge fan, but that it's time for Giants fans to withdraw their support for the Johnson and team amid the controversy. 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.
Trump and Hyde-Smith are set to appear together Monday in the northeastern city of Tupelo, best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Espy, and three Democrats who could run for president in 2020 - Sens.
The MLB made its contribution to her campaign weeks after the senator made those comments.
In the November 6 primary election, Hyde-Smith received 41.5 percent of the vote, while Espy received 40.6 percent and Republican Chris McDaniel received 16.5. The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982.
According to Judd Legum of Popular Information, an FEC report filed this week revealed the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball PAC donated $5,000 to her campaign, the legal maximum amount. "That means that MS over party, MS over person - I don't care how powerful that person might be". She and her campaign have refused to talk about the Confederate hat and have called the school issue a personal attack on her family meant to draw attention away from issues.
"MLB has requested that the contribution be returned, "ESPN reported".