MS senator banking on boost from Trump rallies

Trump rallies Hyde Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

The final chapter of the 2018 midterms is nearing a close in MS, where the prevalent themes of President Donald Trump and race have combined for a much closer contest than anyone expected in one of the country's most deeply conservative states.

At a campaign event on November 2, Hyde-Smith was caught on camera alongside one of her supporters saying that if he ever invited her to attend a public hanging, she'd sit in the front row.

The comment prompted outrage in a Deep South state scarred by a history of lynchings, and boosted support for Mike Espy, her Democratic challenger. Cindy Hyde-Smith, calling the Mississippi Republican an "outstanding person" the day before he planned to campaign with her ahead of Tuesday's runoff election. Defeat would leave the Republicans with only a...

But Trump said that he will be doing two rallies for Hyde-Smith and her praised her in a tweet on Sunday.

About 100 anti-Trump protesters were also there, chanting "Impeach 45" as they held signs with red strikes through Hyde-Smith's name.

Trump heads to MS on Monday to campaign for Hyde-Smith - his second trip to the state on the senator's behalf since October.

Democrats also have used some star power. Further digging into Hyde-Smith's past has revealed a photo of her wearing a Confederate military-style hat in 2014 along with questions about the white private school she attended in the 1970s.

She is the first woman to represent MS in Congress, and Espy is seeking to become the first African-American to represent the state in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. In the heavily Republican state, Hyde-Smith had always been seen as the prohibitive favorite in the race.

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In addition, the former lobbyist and USA agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton collected $750,000 after lobbying on behalf of an African despot now on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. I am the candidate that wants to move MS into the future. Thad Cochran, who retired in April. 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.

Hyde-Smith, 59, served as the state's commissioner of agriculture from 2011 to 2018.

"Needed in D.C." The two are to appear together Monday in the northeastern city of Tupelo and later Monday at a Gulf Coast rally in Biloxi.

The apology failed to dim the outrage, which led to seven companies, including Walmart, to ask Hyde-Smith to refund the contributions.

The black-and-white image shows her third from right with short hair, smiling at her institution that was formed in response the 1969's call for desegregation, reports the Jacksonville Free Press.

MLB's donation was made on Friday, three weeks after her campaign comment. MS last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982. "She's a person that loves the people of MS, she loves the people of this country".

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

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