Mississippi's ugly past casts long shadow on Senate election

Friday, 30 Nov, 2018

Fox News is live streaming Trump's rally in Tupelo below. He said he expects Hyde-Smith to win on Tuesday, though he added that Republicans should be concerned about the potential for weak turnout. He also contended, despite the GM news, that jobs are "coming into MS - and everywhere else, by the way". Espy is a former congressman and USA agriculture secretary who has been dogged by ethics problems.

"But like I said, neither one of them, I wish I had somebody else to vote for". "They're not putting Elvis".

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

The sign above references Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who apologized "to anyone offended" by her remarks about going to public lynchings.

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'. "She's somebody that's respected in the Senate".

Hyde-Smith was challenged by an ultra-right Republican, State Senator Chris McDaniel, and by Espy, a former Democratic congressman and cabinet official in the Clinton administration.

"I know her, and I know she apologised, and she misspoke", the Republican president told reporters on his way to the southern state. She said of her decision to have a child later in life, "At 39 years old, I knew I wanted a child".

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.

Hyde-Smith won 41.5 percent of the vote in the four-candidate election November 6, to Espy's 40.6 percent. Thad Cochran resigned for health reasons.

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

MS last elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1982, but Espy was trying for the same kind of longshot win that fellow Democrat Doug Jones had almost a year ago in neighboring Alabama, another conservative Deep South state where Republicans hold most statewide offices.

But he is also expected to use his first public event since last week's Thanksgiving holiday to stoke fears about a Central American migrant caravan that has reached the United States southern border with Mexico. But she also blamed Espy and Democrats, saying her comments "were taken and twisted and used as a political weapon against me by my opponent".

"She stood up to the Democrat smear machine", Trump said, praising her for voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

At the debate with Hyde-Smith, Espy embraced the slogan "Mississippi first", a transparent tribute to Trump, declaring, "Mississippi first means I value MS over everything else - over party, over persons, over everybody".

She also reportedly has advocated pro-Confederacy policies. "MLB has requested that the contribution be returned". But none of that has bothered the president, who in recent days has praised the senator.

She was also recorded telling a small group at a university that it would be "a great thing" to suppress votes of liberal students.

The Mississippi contest, scheduled after neither Hyde-Smith or Espy won an outright majority in the midterm election earlier this month, is the last outstanding Senate race of 2018.