Major League Baseball's donation, coming after Hyde-Smith's controversial comments and actions, created an immediate backlash once it was discovered last night.
Trump told the crowd in Tupelo that "we don't want those people in Mississippi" and that immigrants are "not coming through anymore" illegally. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy. It was later revealed that she had attended a white private school known for deliberately resisting racial integration.
The historic contest features Hyde-Smith, who would be the first woman elected to Congress from MS, against Espy, who's vying to become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.
Hyde-Smith has drawn fire for a photo showing her wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video showing her praising a supporter by saying, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row". There's typically a decrease in ballots cast between the first election and a runoff. But hopeful Democrats are eyeing a narrow path to victory next week by driving up African-American turnout after Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith stirred outrage with her remark to a supporter that she would attend a "public hanging" with him if he asked.
As a state senator in 2007, Hyde-Smith cosponsored a resolution that honored then-92-year-old Effie Lucille Nicholson Pharr, calling her "the last known living "Real Daughter" of the Confederacy living in MS".
Mr Trump was expected to fly into Mississippi today for two rallies for Ms Hyde-Smith as part of efforts to rescue her flagging campaign before tomorrow's vote. MS is a traditionally red state, with the three of the four House representatives being Republican and the other senator, Roger Wicker, also being Republican. Hyde-Smith has held the seat since Cochran's retirement. Thad Cochran, who stepped down for health reasons. In the center, the mascot, dressed in what appears to be an outfit created to mimic that of a Confederate general, offers a salute as she holds up a large Confederate flag.More news: U.S. may eliminate electric auto subsidies for GM
MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings and violence against people who sought voting rights for black citizens, and Hyde-Smith has been sharply criticized after two videos surfaced this month.
The Cook Political Report puts the race as only "leaning" Republican, however, and some commentators have predicted softening support for Hyde-Smith related to comments she's made and photographs that are being used by her opponents to portray her as racist.
The special election victor will serve the final two years of Cochran's term.
Hyde-Smith said the "public hanging" comment was "an exaggerated expression of regard" for a fellow cattle rancher.
The photo shows the school's mascot dressed in what appears to be a Confederate uniform holding a Confederate flag.
Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Espy, and three Democrats who could run for president in 2020 - Sens.
"Mississippi history at its best!" she wrote.