Mississippi's ugly past casts long shadow on Senate election

Democrats push to mobilize black voters in Mississippi Senate runoff between Cindy Hyde Smith and Mike Espy

Democrats push to mobilize black voters in Mississippi Senate runoff between Cindy Hyde Smith and Mike Espy

History will be made either way: Republican Sen.

MS is preparing for a US Senate run-off on Tuesday between Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy in a contest that has increasingly taken on racial overtones.

Cory Booker (D-NJ), both potential 2020 presidential candidates, have visited MS during the runoff election to campaign on behalf of Espy.

Major League Baseball donated to her campaign on November 12 or 13, sources told Yahoo Sports, which would pinpoint the donation to a day or more after she made the hanging remarks.

"I want everybody to know, no matter who you voted for today, I'm going to always represent every Mississippian".

Democrats expect high turnout from their base, boosted in part by backlash to Hyde-Smith's comments about being first in line to a public hanging if one of her supporters invited her, and a second remark about limiting liberals' ability to vote.

A spokesman for Pressley said she arrived in MS on Saturday and flew to Washington on Monday morning.

President Donald Trump urged Mississippi Republicans to turn out for Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was expected to cruise to victory in Tuesday's runoff election before a series of racial issues complicated her campaign. Her win allows her to complete the final two years of Cochran's six-year term.

Another sign referred to Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American who was lynched in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive MS runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction.

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Hyde-Smith was seen in another video talking about making voting hard for "liberal folks", and a photo circulated of her wearing a replica Confederate military hat during a 2014 visit to Beauvoir, a beach-side museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, that was the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Shortly after the win Tuesday, Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi".

But if Espy is able to pull off an upset, Senate Republicans would only gain one seat - and find themselves with the same 52-48 seat majority they held before the Alabama special election last December.

The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and almost 73% of the victims were black. "The fact that she toured Jefferson Davis's house - you or I could have done the same thing". 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.

MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings.

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to the seat earlier this year after longtime GOP incumbent Thad Cochran stepped down due to health reasons.

We've reached out to the Hyde-Smith campaign for comment and will update when we hear back. "They're not putting their best in there, right?" he said. Lindsey Graham, the tiger of the fight to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, who reminded the crowd of Hyde-Smith's vote on then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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.

Espy resigned the Cabinet post in 1994 amid a special counsel investigation that accused him of improperly accepting gifts.

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