Alabama senator stumps for Mississippi Democrat

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. Hyde-Smith posed in a Confederate hat for a 2014 photo captioned "Mississsippi history at its best!"

Iowa's Ernst, meanwhile, emphasized themes including low taxes, a strong economy, higher military spending and stopping migrants from entering the country illegally. He was introduced by Ayanna Pressley, who will join Congress next year after unseating a Democratic incumbent in a primary.

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". He said "she felt very badly, she certainly didn't mean that".

President Donald Trump tweeted support Sunday for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst has been corrected in this item. 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.

The news comes just one day after Johnson and his wife, Ann, also donated $2,700 each to Hyde-Smith's campaign.

Hyde-Smith has been serving under a temporary appointment since April, when longtime Republican Sen.

The special election victor will serve the final two years of Cochran's term. Jones said he has been "an independent voice for the state of Alabama", and Espy would be the same for Mississippi.

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.

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While the MLB front office has donated to many political candidates on both sides of the aisle during this past campaign - including Ted Cruz, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Flake and more - donating to a candidate who has fallen into hot water like Hyde-Smith can make for a weird look for the league as a whole.

Trump plans to speak Monday afternoon at a rally in Tupelo and then that night at a rally in Biloxi.

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.

Espy, who was United States agriculture secretary under Bill Clinton, spoke on Saturday about how he and his twin sister were among 17 black students who integrated the all-white Yazoo City high school in 1969, graduating in 1971.

Tuesday's victor gets the final two years of a six-year term.

On the heels of controversy over a videoed remark in which Hyde-Smith joked about attending a "public hanging" - loaded words in a state where lynchings of African Americans were once rife - CNN reported on Saturday that a review of Hyde-Smith's legislative history found that she "once promoted a measure that praised a Confederate soldier's effort to "defend his homeland" and pushed a revisionist view of the Civil War".

Officials say this is particularly high for absentee voting for a run-off election.

  • Sonia Alvarado