Trump and Pence seek to rescue embattled Republican in Mississippi

Trump and Pence seek to rescue embattled Republican in Mississippi

Trump and Pence seek to rescue embattled Republican in Mississippi

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.

"The contribution was made in connection with an event that Major League Baseball lobbyists were asked to attend", an Major League Baseball spokesperson told USA Today Sports.

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

The secretary of state's office didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. Forty-five percent of respondents said they voted for Espy on November 6, while 44 percent said they voted for Hyde-Smith, while 12 percent said they voted for McDaniel.

In a question-and-answer session with reporters, Trump defended Hyde-Smith from criticism after a video surfaced showing her praising a supporter at a Nov 2 public event by saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row". "I don't think she should have said what she said about the hanging" - but she didn't mean to say it, and it's been misconstrued, Smith added.

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

Critics said Hyde-Smith's comments and Confederate regalia showed callous indifference in a state with a 38 percent black population, and some corporate donors, including Walmart, requested refunds on their campaign contributions to her. Thomas, 31, cast a ballot for Espy at the same precinct where he voted. This was widely understood as a casual reference to Mississippi's long and gruesome history of lynching, which took the lives of hundreds of black men in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The league cut the check for Hyde-Smith's campaign on November 12 or 13, two sources told Yahoo Sports - a day or two after the lynching comments were first made public by the Jackson Free Press.

"There's an election tomorrow?" one student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College said. Sometimes, race is something that people don't want to discuss because it's so uncomfortable. Which, yes, we know that, because that's how fundraisers work.

Hyde-Smith was in her second term as Mississippi's elected agriculture commissioner when Republican Gov. Phil Bryant chose her to temporarily succeed longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran resigned for health reasons.

Tuesday's victor will finish the final two years of the term begun by Republican Sen.

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Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of President Donald Trump, who campaigned with her on Monday, praising her at a rally in the northeastern MS city of Tupelo for voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Whose judgement was it that a donation to her campaign, in that amount, at that particular time, made sense?

MS voters will decide on Tuesday between Republican Sen.

MS last elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1982.

Espy campaigned as someone who would be able to bridge the partisan divide in Washington.

Espy spoke for almost 30 minutes Monday to a crowd of about 200 people gathered at church in Jackson. The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the USA, and that almost 73% of the victims were black. But if black voters rise to 40 percent of the electorate and Espy wins 9 out of 10, he needs less than a quarter of white votes to squeak out a victory.

Racists nooses were discovered hanging outside the Mississippi State capitol of the eve of a runoff election between a black candidate and the white incumbent.

It's a contest that has been buffeted by racial tensions after Hyde-Smith's public hanging comments. She noted that the country's ex-president, Laurent Gbagbo, is being tried in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

"Let me be perfectly clear - there is absolutely no place in our state for these unacceptable symbols or tactics to intimidate others", US Attorney Mike Hurst of Mississippi's Southern District said in a statement.

Pence joined Trump for the Biloxi rally, declaring Espy too liberal for the state of Mississippi.

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