Trump Asks GOP Voters to Elect Mississippi Senator After Stumble

Mike Espy

But on Monday, he painted Democrats as radical and unsafe as he stumped for Republican Sen.

One sign referred to the Tuesday run-off between appointed Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, and Democrat Mike Espy, who is black.

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. Espy's campaign has said Espy ended the consulting arrangement because of Gbagbo's record.

She said, "We've prayed more than you can imagine - down at the heart of our home, at church, we prayed a few times before we came here".

Hyde-Smith has drawn fire for a 2014 photo showing her wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video from last month showing her praising a supporter by saying, 'If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row'.

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. Tuesday's victor will serve the last two years of Cochran's six-year term. Thad Cochran. The longtime lawmaker retired in April amid health concerns. 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. "I could go over this, how does he fit in?" said President Donald Trump, who held rallies in Mississippi Monday to endorse Hyde-Smith.

Nooses were found hanging from trees and hate signs posted on the lawn of the Mississippi State Capitol building, on the eve of a U.S. Senate runoff election that has focused attention on the state's troubled history of race relations.

Donald Trump during a rally for Cindy Hyde-Smith
Donald Trump during a rally for Cindy Hyde Smith

Students at the college had seen some of the attack ads against Hyde-Smith - but they couldn't say much about what Espy, a Secretary of Agriculture under President Clinton, stands for.

In the aftermath of the video, Republicans anxious they could face a repeat of last year's special election in Alabama, in which a flawed Republican candidate handed Democrats a reliable GOP Senate seat in the Deep South. "We need someone who respects the live of lynch victims", one sign reads.

She apologized 'to anyone that was offended'.

There were also reports in the local MS newspapers that Hyde-Smith had attended a "segregation academy" as a high school student, one of many such institutions established after court-ordered school integration finally came to the state in 1969. Major League Baseball did not say why it gave money to Hyde-Smith.

But in MS, the only state that still has Confederate insignia on its flag, allegations of racism don't carry the same political toxicity as accusations of sexual impropriety that involve minors. Hyde-Smith's mother was a hairdresser and her father was a trucker.

The matter was under investigation, he said, adding that he did not know what was on the signs.

If white voters outnumber black voters 2-to-1 on Tuesday, Espy would have to win 30 percent or more of white votes, a tough task in a state with possibly the most racially polarized electorate in the country. They said, 'Put this cap on. "I was going to vote for Mike Espy anyway".

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