Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Signs with nooses refer to Mississippi lynchings

Signs with nooses refer to Mississippi lynchings

Her campaign later said the comment was a joke and during the debate, Hyde-Smith said the comment "was twisted, was turned into a weapon to be used against me" and apologized.

Normally Mississippi would be a layup for Republicans given the state's GOP-heavy electorate.

MS last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982, but Espy was trying for the same kind of long-shot win that fellow Democrat Doug Jones had almost a year ago in neighbouring Alabama, another conservative state.

MS - which still has the Confederate battle emblem on its state flag - has a history of racially motivated lynchings. Inside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Trump said Hyde-Smith "is respected by all" in Washington. Whose judgement was it that a donation to her campaign, in that amount, at that particular time, made sense?

Trump stopped his speech for Hyde-Smith to address the crowd in Tupelo and Biloxi.

That recording showed the senator saying there were some liberals "who maybe we don't want to vote - maybe we want to make it just a little more hard [to vote]". The Mississippi lawmaker has since said her comment was made in jest and denied any racial connotation.

Smith faces a run-off election against Democrat Mike Espy on Tuesday after failing to gain 50 percent of the vote on November 6.

State and federal investigators are trying to find out who hung seven nooses in trees outside the Mississippi Capitol early Monday.

Pressley participated in campaign events and posted a video on social media in support of Espy.

Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of President Donald Trump, who campaigned with her on Monday, praising her at a rally in the northeastern MS city of Tupelo for voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She later apologized for the comment.

The president slammed Espy, saying he cared more about "illegal aliens" than the people of Mississippi.

So could a Democrat win?

Mr Espy is seeking to become the first African-American US senator from MS since Reconstruction. "Tomorrow we need the people of MS to go to the polls and elect Cindy Hyde-Smith so we can continue doing what we are doing".

The donation to Hyde-Smith's campaign came after a lobbyist who works for Major League Baseball couldn't attend a mid-November fundraiser for Sen.

The contest has drawn comparisons to the Alabama Senate special election last December 2017, when Democrat Doug Jones won a narrow victory against Republican Roy Moore, who was accused by multiple women of sexually assaulting them when they were teenagers.

The most recent poll which involved directors from both parties gave Ms. Hyde-Smith a 10-point lead, but leftist outlets have insisted for weeks that private polling shows a closer race.

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