Mississippi Senate runoff nears finale

Michael Smith is the first and only husband of Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is now running in the runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi.

President Donald Trump is set to hit the campaign trail just weeks after the 2018 midterms elections.

"She votes for us and she votes for 'Make America Great Again, '" Trump said in Tupelo, where he was accompanied by Hyde-Smith.

"I've gotten to know her over the last period of time as a senator, as a very talented United States senator and I know where her heart is, and her heart is good".

In one, she's heard saying she'd be "on the front row" if invited by a supporter to a public hanging.

A spokesman for Pressley said she arrived in MS on Saturday and flew to Washington on Monday morning.

One hundred percent of the poll respondents who voted for McDaniel on November 6 said they will vote for Hyde-Smith on Tuesday.

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.

Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of President Trump, who campaigned with her Monday, praising her at a rally in the northeastern MS city of Tupelo for voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The special election victor gets to serve out the final two years of Cochran's term. Thad Cochran resigned for health reasons.

The US president appeared with Hyde-Smith, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who appointed her to the Senate seat, and Senator Lindsey Graham of SC.

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News reports that the nooses were found on Monday morning, along with hate signs, outside the capitol building. The comment stirred deep feelings in MS, where lynchings of black people were once commonplace.

The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and almost 73% of the victims were black.

Espy was forced to resign as Secretary of Agriculture in 1994.

"Well, I know her and I know she apologized, and she misspoke", Trump told reporters on Moday at the White House, according to Politico.

Hyde-Smith has latched onto Trump at every turn, touring the state in a bus that has a large picture of the two of them plastered on its side.

"I don't talk to them as white voters".

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. And, given that Hyde-Smith was in the process of showing some pretty ugly true colors at the time, Major League Baseball should not have done it. He was tried and acquitted on 30 corruption charges, but the Mississippi Republican Party ran an ad this year that called Espy "too corrupt for the Clintons" and "too liberal for Mississippi".

Espy said he refused to accept plea deals because, "I was so not guilty, I was innocent".

Trump says that when he was young, "other than the blond hair, they said I looked like Elvis". "I was going to vote for Mike Espy anyway".

  • Sonia Alvarado