Mississippi's Racial History Casts Shadow Over Final Senate Race Of 2018

We do not need an Alabama’ Hyde Smith has Republicans holding their breath			 0					By		Marta Subat

MS voters will head to the polls in the final midterm race of the election season. The runoff election between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy takes place today.

Hyde-Smith, who initially refused to apologise for the hanging remark, said last week she was sorry "for anyone that was offended" and accused Espy of twisting her words for political gain.

While Mississippi is a solidly Republican state, special elections are notoriously hard to predict as they tend to have low turnout.

Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of Trump, who campaigned with her in Tupelo and Gulfport.

Henry Barbour, the Republican National Committee committeeman and a longtime MS operative, said base voters in both parties are energized, but gave a slight edge to Espy's supporters.

According to an internal email obtained by Popular Information on Monday, Google did ask for a donation refund from the Hyde-Smith campaign on November 21, though the company did not make that request public. 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. Lindsey Graham, the tiger of the fight to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, who reminded the crowd of Hyde-Smith's vote on then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh. A separate video showed her talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote.

Voter Elizabeth Gallinghouse, 84, said Tuesday she wanted to be a part of that history by helping to elect the state's first woman to Capitol Hill.

"I don't know how many Mississippians can really relate to an income that can command a $750,000 check from one person for a lobbying job", Hyde-Smith, who is a cattle rancher, said during a November 20 debate.

On Monday, several nooses were found at the MS capitol in Jackson in an apparent protest against the tone of the election.

The sign also read: "We need someone who respects the lives of lynch victims". 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 don't know what's in your heart - but we all know what came out of your mouth...

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He painted Democrat Mr Espy as a far-left ideologue who would "rather protect illegal aliens than people who live in Mississippi", and questioned how he "fit in with Mississippi".

Trippi advised Jones during his improbable win in Alabama previous 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.

One sign referred to the Tuesday run-off between appointed Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, and Democrat Mike Espy, who is black. Major League Baseball did not say why it gave money to Hyde-Smith.

Many of his supporters are expected to back Hyde-Smith.

The last contest of the midterm election cycle, Tuesday's election will not affect the balance of power in the new-look Congress that sits in January.

"Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi".

Why is the election still ongoing?

Voters in MS will decide on Tuesday a US 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. The runoff has drawn attention to the state's history of racist violence.

Students at the college had seen some of the attack ads against Hyde-Smith - but they couldn't say much about what Espy, a Secretary of Agriculture under President Clinton, stands for.

Polls close at 8 p.m. ET. Espy is trying for the same kind of longshot win fellow Democrat Doug Jones had almost a year ago in neighboring Alabama, another conservative Deep South state where Republicans hold most statewide offices.

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