Few lines at polls as MS votes in US Senate runoff

Few lines at polls as MS votes in US Senate runoff

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

The comment has become a major talking point in the lead-up to the state's special election on November 27, where Hyde-Smith faces Democrat challenger Mike Espy - a former secretary of agriculture and congressman who in 1986 became the first African-American to represent MS at the federal level since Reconstruction - in one of the closest senatorial races in the state in recent memory.

"She votes for us and she votes for 'Make America Great Again, '" Trump said in Tupelo, where he was accompanied by Hyde-Smith.

"I've known her for a period of time now as a senator", he said.

In a debate with Espy, Hyde-Smith said she would "certainly apologize" to people who were offended by her "public hanging" comment but also said her remark "was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me".

President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold two campaign rallies - one in Tupelo, Mississippi and another in Biloxi - on Monday afternoon in support of embattled Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who has come under fire in recent weeks for comments in which she joked about attending a public hanging.

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As Trump praised Hyde-Smith at two high-profile rallies in different parts of the state, her opponent, Democrat Mike Espy spoke at a predominantly African-American church and described his campaign as an effort to reach across the "chasm of racial division". Tuesday's election will determine whether Hyde-Smith or Espy will serve the remainder of Cochran's term, which ends in 2020. Thad Cochran resigned for health reasons.

Espy and Hyde-Smith, who would be the state's first elected female senator, are vying for the seat that was long held by Sen.

Some conflicting information exists around when exactly Google donated to the Hyde-Smith campaign, but in a statement to press, the company claimed to be unaware of her comments when that check was written.

And the tensions continued right up until Election Day with the discovery of seven nooses and six handwritten signs on Capitol grounds Monday morning.

President Donald Trump fired up a MS rally crowd Monday by referring to barbed-wire fences erected by military troops along the U.S. -Mexico border as "pretty nasty".

The result of Tuesday's run-off will determine whether Republicans widen their control of the US Senate to 53 to 47 seats when the new Congress takes office early next year. The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and that almost 73% of the victims were black.

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"I know her, and I know she apologised, and she misspoke", the Republican president told reporters on his way to the southern state. 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. However, in our sample we do not see strong signs of such a lopsided turnout in Espy's favor. "They're not putting their best in there, right?" he said.

MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings.

Hyde-Smith is in a tight runoff Tuesday against Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton.

He continued: "Well, I know her".

Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan condemned the nooses by saying, "Obviously, this behavior is offensive and has no place in a civilized society". "I was going to vote for Mike Espy anyway".

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