Nooses found outside MS legislature before Senate vote

Nooses found outside MS legislature before Senate vote

The final Senate race of 2018 was expected to be a sleepy affair - a formality, really, with a special election runoff in deep red Mississippi. They said, 'Put this cap on.

Espy cast his ballot at a Baptist church in the Jackson suburb of Ridgeland, while Hyde-Smith voted at a volunteer fire department in Brookhaven, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) south of Jackson. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is in a Senate runoff.

According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mississippi had the highest number of lynchings in the nation from 1882 to 1968.

"It's exhausting to be a Republican and have a woman like this on TV", McCain said angrily.

"I am asking all Mississippians to give me your vote tomorrow so I can ... protect our conservative values", she said.

Comparisons have been drawn to last year's Alabama Senate race, which saw Democrat Doug Jones narrowly flip the seat after sexual assault allegations surfaced against Republican Roy Moore.

Republicans are sending the full force of the party to MS to prevent that scenario - starting with Donald Trump.

Hyde-Smith hugged supporters at her precinct. He was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden and three Democrats who are potential 2020 presidential candidates - former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey - travelled to MS to campaign for him.

As a state senator, Hyde-Smith "once promoted a measure that praised a Confederate soldier's effort to "defend his homeland" and pushed a revisionist view of the Civil War" as "The War Between the States", according to CNN. Her campaign has called the first remarks "an exaggerated expression of regard" for the supporter and said the latter comments were made in jest.

A lack of public polling has contributed to uncertainty about the race.

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Still, White House officials have long expressed unease about Hyde Smith and worry that she wasn't ready for prime time. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her to the seat in April to succeed the resigning Thad Cochran.

He said it would be "unfair" to make any connection between the items and Hyde-Smith. More than a week after the video's release, she said she apologized to "anyone that was offended by my comments", but also said the remark was used as a "weapon" against her. "A win's a win", the Republican said. Whose judgement was it that a donation to her campaign, in that amount, at that particular time, made sense?

"I've never heard a negative ad, I've never heard a positive ad", she said of him.

"I don't talk to them as white voters".

The state has voted reliably Republican for the past 30 years. "But he also does the same thing with the Democratic base".

"She stood up to the Democrat smear machine", Trump said.

Hyde-Smith was projected to win by about 70,000 votes over Espy, a former congressman and agriculture secretary under Barack Obama. They are in a runoff because no candidate eclipsed 50 percent. 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. He also called for a "strong immigration policy".

The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and that almost 73 per cent of the victims were black.

Hyde-Smith campaign hammered Espy for his $750,000 lobbying contract in 2011 with the Cocoa and Coffee Board of the Ivory Coast.

Trippi advised Jones during his improbable win in Alabama past year, and emphasized that Jones won by only 23,000 votes despite facing a historically bad opponent who motivated Democratic voters and depressed GOP turnout.

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