Major League Baseball donated to Hyde-Smith's campaign as favor to McConnell

Nooses found outside Mississippi legislature day before Senate vote

President Donald Trump brought back the playbook he used during the leadup to the midterm elections, warning of the dangers of illegal immigration and painting Democrats as radical "socialists", as he returned to the campaign trail Monday to try to keep a Mississippi Senate seat in GOP hands.

Under the state's law, if no candidate wins over 50% of the votes, a runoff election must take place. She was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the senate seat after Cochran retired.

Hyde-Smith and Espy are runoff-bound because no candidate gained a majority in the November 6 election, when far-right Republican Chris McDaniel gained 16 percent of the vote.

Hyde-Smith, whom President Trump supported, is projected to win in a runoff election against Democratic opponent Mike Espy on Tuesday.

Hyde-Smith hugged supporters at her precinct.

Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of Trump, who campaigned with her in Tupelo and Gulfport. Democrats said the remark had racial overtones and harkened back to a darker chapter in MS history, especially since Espy would be the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction.

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.

Hyde-Smith, who initially refused to apologize for the hanging remark, said last week she was sorry "for anyone that was offended" and accused Espy of twisting her words for political gain.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith heads to the Senate Policy luncheon in the Capitol, June 26, 2018. Many of those, including Walmart and Major League Baseball, have asked for refunds. Thad Cochran. But they're convinced that Hyde-Smith will pull out a win, even if it's narrower than it should be. 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

Hyde-Smith's campaign hammered Espy for his $750,000 lobbying contract in 2011 with the Cocoa and Coffee Board of the Ivory Coast. She later sent her own daughter to a similar school, the newspaper reported. He remains popular there, and carried the state by 18 points in 2016.

And if there was any concern that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal sounded a little too much like the iconic Village People tune, Trump has fully embraced it. That never works out well.

The Democratic candidate Espy has reacted to the unexpected possibility of actual election to office by shifting even further to the right, in an effort to reassure the MS business elite that he will faithfully serve their interests if he wins the runoff. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and that almost 73 percent of the victims were black. During the debate last week, she boasted about how she will support his agenda and in her short time in the Senate has voted for his administration's priorities 100 percent of the time.

Army veteran Clovis Wright said he's supporting candidate Mike Espy.

Trump has campaigned heavily for her.

Espy has tried to capitalize on Hyde-Smith's racially charged comments and missteps.

Signs alongside the ropes urged voters to elect "someone who respects the lives of lynch victims" and "remind people that times haven't changed", according to local media.

Despite Mississippi's partisan leanings, Democrats only have to look next door to see a possible path to victory.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the MS special Senate election run-off as Likely Republican. That would give them a 53-47 seat advantage, still slim in a chamber where it often takes 60 votes to advance legislation.

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