MS voters will head to the polls in the final midterm race of the election season.
The last U.S. Senate race of the midterms was coming to a close Tuesday as MS residents chose between a white Republican Senate appointee whose "public hanging" comments angered many people and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House.
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 beachside museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, that was the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
Espy, 64, has campaigned as a moderate who would work with Trump and Republicans to benefit the state.
"I will be in Gulfport and Tupelo, Mississippi, on Monday night doing two Rallies for Senator Hyde-Smith, who has a very important Election on Tuesday". This was widely understood as a casual reference to Mississippi's long and gruesome history of lynching, which took the lives of hundreds of black men in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Cory Booker (D-NJ), both potential 2020 presidential candidates, have visited MS during the runoff election to campaign on behalf of Espy.
For the past couple of days we've been talking about how Major League Baseball's PAC made a maximum donation to the campaign of U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Trump called her "a truly incredible leader and tireless champion" for Mississippi.
Hyde-Smith was also shown on another video joking about suppressing liberal student votes, and photographs have surfaced of her posing with Confederate artifacts in 2014.
"That's not what she was meaning when she said that", he said. She has said the former comments were "twisted" to be used against her.More news: Hey, who’s up for a government shutdown over the border wall?
A state spokesman says five additional nooses have been found hanging in trees outside the Mississippi Capitol, bringing the total to seven. We urge all our CHQ friends and readers in MS to heed President Trump's warning: Don't take anything for granted, be sure to vote for Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in today's Senate run-off.
"I know her. And I know she apologized". He complained that the media has focused too much on the GOP losses in the House and not enough on the party's performance in the Senate.
So could a Democrat win?Cindy Hyde-Smith, 59, would be the first woman ever elected to Congress from MS, and Democrat Mike Espy, 64, would be the state's first African-American U.S. senator since Reconstruction. About 38 percent of the state's residents are black. And the simplest, most common reason why they support her?
Speaking to supporters after her win, Hyde-Smith vowed to fight for everyone in the state when she goes to Washington.
Why is the election still ongoing?
Voters in MS on Tuesday will decide a U.S. Senate special election runoff marked by racial controversy and capped by a last-minute visit by President Donald Trump to shore up the beleaguered Republican incumbent.
Under the state's law, if no candidate wins over 50% of the votes, a runoff election must take place.
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy attends an event in Jackson, Miss., Feb. 23, 2018. Polls were closing at 7 p.m. local time, although people already in line at that time were allowed to stay and vote.
Given the uncertainty about voter turnout, and Hyde-Smith's visible deficiencies as a candidate and public speaker, Republican state and national officials have openly expressed concern that the runoff could produce an upset victory for the Democrat, like that won by Doug Jones in Alabama a year ago, when he narrowly defeated the ultra-right Republican nominee Roy Moore.