MS votes in Senate race marked by racial controversy

Nov 30, 2018, 02:02
MS votes in Senate race marked by racial controversy

A former GOP leader says Mississippi Republicans can not afford to stay home from today's U.S. Senate runoff election.

Voting was swift and easy in many precincts Tuesday as MS residents were deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican Senate appointee backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House. The discovery comes just before Tuesday's runoff election between Democrat Mike Espy, who is black, and Republican Sen.

But so far, it appears that none of the controversy surrounding Ms Hyde-Smith will be enough to unseat her - most polls project victory for the Republican.

Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan later condemned the nooses by saying: 'Obviously, this behavior is offensive and has no place in a civilized society'.

It's unclear where Smith went to college, if he went at all. As the white and Republican blocs in MS are larger than the black and Democratic blocs, it seems likely that her larger base will carry Hyde-Smith to a moderately strong victory.

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A video of Ms Hyde-Smith apparently encouraging voter suppression also emerged on Twitter.

Trump said Monday at a campaign rally in MS that he is sending the caravan members a clear message: "Turn around and go back home". My husband and I decided that I would quit my job, have a baby and run for the state Senate. Cindy Hyde-Smith keep her seat in Republican hands.

"I'll vote for Mrs. Smith you know, because being a Republican", said Betty Lechman, a Biloxi-area resident of five decades, at the Edgewater Mall food court table where she and her friends meet every day of the week except Sundays, which are reserved for church. "While we support candidates who promote pro-growth policies for business and technology, we do not condone these remarks and would not have made such a contribution had we known about them".

Trump was in MS stumping for Republican Sen.

"She certainly didn't mean that and it was taken a certain way, but she certainly didn't mean it", he said.

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Before departing for MS on Monday, the president said he felt "very badly" for the controversy Hyde-Smith has faced.

Joe Trippi, a consultant working with Espy's campaign, said the Democrat is probably losing by low single digits in the closing days of the race. Thad Cochran resigned for health reasons.

Despite Hyde-Smith's comments on "public hangings", and other ties to an allegedly racist past, her chances of winning another term as a U.S. Senator representing the state of MS are promising. Tuesday's victor will serve the last two of Cochran's six-year term.

GULFPORT, MISS-Republicans in MS may not be in love with Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the Senate earlier this year after longtime Sen.

Hyde-Smith, who has made the Trump rallies a highlight of her runoff campaign, told the crowd in Tupelo: "I worked very, very hard for you".

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Espy was forced to resign as Secretary of Agriculture in 1994. With Democrats taking back the House in January, national Republicans have argued that it's crucial to expand the GOP's Senate majority. Then she issued an apology to "anyone who was offended", without indicating that there was actually anything to cause offense. "But if we win it's going to be the same thing" - by a very small margin.

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