Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, faces Democrat Mike Espy, who would be the first black U.S. senator from MS since Reconstruction. Cindy Hyde-Smith leading in the only poll since the primary election over Democrat and former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy.
Given how political donations work - you have to write a check to the campaign committee by name - there is no reasonable way to read this other than (a) MLB's lobbyists happily cut the check to Hyde-Smith not giving a rip about Hyde-Smith's controversial comments; and (b) the moment this hit the news they realized how big a deal it was to people and are now scrambling to control the damage.
That Hyde-Smith would be ahead shouldn't come as a surprise considering her alignment with President Donald Trump, who won the state by nearly 18 points.
She is up against Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and US agriculture secretary who is seeking to become Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, attended a white private school founded in 1970, the year many MS public high schools integrated.
The runoff election Tuesday will decide who serves the final two years of a term begun by Republican Sen.
Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan responded to the report by saying: "In their latest attempt to help Mike Espy, the gotcha liberal media has taken leave of their senses".More news: Unai Emery: Peaky Blinders is teaching me English
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"This is a campaign that goes to the color line and it reached across the color line, across the chasm of racial division, across the chasm of racial acrimony", Espy said, saying blacks and whites share common concerns in the issues he's centered his campaign on, such as health insurance, student debt and jobs. And on November 15, a video surfaced of Hyde-Smith saying, "there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don't want to vote".
"We've done great, and now we're going to do a little bit better by adding an extra vote", Trump said. Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Espy, and three Democrats who could run for president in 2020 - Sens. She and her campaign have refused to talk about the Confederate hat.
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.
For Espy, turnout is key. The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982.
Johnson, who lives in Florida, had previously apologized a few months ago after supporting a Republican Super PAC which was proven to be making racist radio ads. "She's a person that loves the people of MS, she loves the people of this country". Trump said she made it somewhat "in jest" and that she felt bad about it. Trump, who will attend rallies for Hyde-Smith this week in Tupelo and Biloxi, continues to have very strong approval ratings in Mississippi. The league "has requested that the contribution be returned", the spokesperson said.