Nooses found outside MS legislature before Senate vote

30 November, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • GettySenator Cindy Hyde-Smith

But on Monday, he painted Democrats as radical and risky as he stumped for Republican Sen.

Amid the hubbub around the race - which at first was expected to go comfortably Republican - President Donald Trump travelled to Mississippi on the eve of the vote to campaign for Ms Hyde-Smith.

She thanked President Donald Trump for his support, including two campaign stops he made Monday.

"She felt very badly", he said. Hyde-Smith said the comment had been twisted and turned into "a political weapon used for nothing but personal and political gain by my opponent".

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row", Hyde-Smith joked with a supporter in a video earlier this month shared on Twitter.

At rallies in Tupelo and then in Biloxi, Trump praised Hyde-Smith and called on voters to send her back to Washington.

The runoff election Tuesday will decide who serves the final two years of a term begun by Republican Sen.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence launched a rescue mission in MS for a Republican candidate on the eve of a run-off election for the US Senate, with Democrats hoping to win a seat in the state for the first time since 1982.

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 beach-side museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, that was the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Investigators are trying to find out who hung seven nooses in trees outside the MS legislature early on Monday, a day before a US Senate vote that has focused attention on the state's history of racist violence.

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McIntosh told HuffPost that it's unclear, based on the signs alone, whether the incident was related to Tuesday's runoff election between Sen.

"We can not allow Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to revoke that victory by winning the state of MS", he said according to the CNN report.

"I know her. And I know she apologized".

Her friend, Marion Cranmer, also a retired longtime MS resident, agreed.

At the debate with Hyde-Smith, Espy embraced the slogan "Mississippi first", a transparent tribute to Trump, declaring, "Mississippi first means I value MS over everything else - over party, over persons, over everybody".

"But like I said, neither one of them, I wish I had somebody else to vote for".

But in MS, the only state that still has Confederate insignia on its flag, allegations of racism don't carry the same political toxicity as accusations of sexual impropriety that involve minors. Thad Cochran. But they're convinced that Hyde-Smith will pull out a win, even if it's narrower than it should be.

If white voters outnumber black voters 2-to-1 on Tuesday, Espy would have to win 30 percent or more of white votes, a tough task in a state with possibly the most racially polarized electorate in the country. He resigned in April because of health issues, and Gov. Phil Bryant, R, appointed Hyde-Smith to fill the seat. However, in our sample we do not see strong signs of such a lopsided turnout in Espy's favor.

Espy said he refused to accept offers of plea deals because, "I was so not guilty, I was innocent".

When a lobbyist who works for MLB could not attend a fundraiser put on by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in mid-November, the league was asked instead to donate money to Hyde-Smith, according to sources. "I was going to vote for Mike Espy anyway".

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