GOP US Sen. Hyde-Smith wins divisive runoff, keeps her seat

30 November, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Trump in Mississippi

Trump also cautioned that a Democratic win by Espy could "revoke" gains Republicans make in the Senate earlier this month.

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.

Getty Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith peaks out from behind a curtain before a rally with US President Donald Trump at Landers Center Ð Arena in Southaven, Mississippi, on October 2, 2018.

Dan Eberhart, a Republican mega-donor who's contributed heavily to GOP Senate campaigns this year, said Trump's rallies should eliminate any lingering concerns about the race.

Her supporters said the furor over her comments was overblown.

At a 20 November debate, Ms Hyde-Smith gave a qualified apology to anyone she had offended, while adding that opponents had "twisted" her words "as a political weapon".

The runoff was rocked by the video, in which Hyde-Smith said of a supporter, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row".

The GOP pumped resources into MS, and President Donald Trump made a strong effort on behalf of Hyde-Smith, holding last-minute rallies in MS on Monday. Tuesday's election will determine whether Hyde-Smith or Espy will serve the remainder of Cochran's term, which ends in 2020.

But race has become a dominant issue as Hyde-Smith faces Espy, a former congressman and US agriculture secretary who would become Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction.

Both Smith and Hyde-Smith are extremely religious, and attend a baptist church regularly, called Macedonia Baptist Church. Anna Michael said that when Hyde-Smith was considering her Senate run, the family was constantly "talking to God".

Two nooses and a number of signs with hateful language were discovered on the grounds of the MS state capitol building on Monday morning, the day before a runoff election is set to commence between a Republican with a questionable past and her black Democratic opponent.

President Donald Trump fired up a MS rally crowd Monday by referring to barbed-wire fences erected by military troops along the U.S. -Mexico border as "pretty nasty".

Republicans think Cindy Hyde-Smith will ultimately pull out a win in Mississippi's special Senate election on Tuesday.

Still, White House officials have long expressed unease about Hyde Smith and worry that she wasn't ready for prime time.

"But like I said, neither one of them, I wish I had somebody else to vote for". 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. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the seat in April after GOP Sen. They said, 'Put this cap on.

Chuck McIntosh, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, which oversees the state capitol, said the nooses and signs were found starting shortly before 8am on Monday outside the building in central Jackson.

Such donations have come under fire due to Hyde-Smith's recent comments and actions making jokes out of lynchings and glorifying Confederate history.

If white voters outnumber black voters two-to-one 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 polarised electorate in the country.

Espy said he refused to accept plea deals because, "I was so not guilty, I was innocent". "Because I was not guilty", Espy told the Associated Press in October.

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