Trump tweets support of MS senator ahead of runoff

She is now in a runoff in MS against Democrat Mike Epsy, which will determine the final Senate seat in the 2018 midterm elections.

The comment prompted outrage in a Deep South state scarred by a history of lynchings, and boosted support for Mike Espy, her Democratic challenger.

Hyde-Smith was appointed by MS governor Phil Bryant to fill the Senate seat vacated by ailing Sen. Defeat would leave the Republicans with only a...

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

It's the last U.S. Senate race to be decided in 2018 and will determine whether Republicans pad their slim majority.

Trump was in MS for the pair of rallies and a roundtable discussion on prison and sentencing reform in an eleventh-hour effort to keep the seat in GOP hands.

Democrats also have used some star power.

Hyde-Smith sent her daughter to a similar school, Brookhaven Academy, which is almost all white despite being located in a majority-black town.

If victorious, Espy would become Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction and the first Mississippi Democrat elected to the Senate since 1982.

Several companies that have donated to Hyde-Smith have remained silent, including Verizon Communications, Home Depot, Chevron and Exxon Mobil. Thad Cochran, who resigned in April for health reasons.

Hyde-Smith may well need the president's support. The Washington Post reported that in 2001, Hyde-Smith introduced a bill as a state senator to rename a stretch of highway to what it had been called in the 1930s: the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, after the president of the Confederacy.

Trump plans to speak Monday afternoon at a rally in Tupelo and then that night at a rally in Biloxi.

Espy, who was U.S. agriculture secretary under Bill Clinton, spoke on Saturday about how he and his twin sister were among 17 black students who integrated the all-white Yazoo City high school in 1969, graduating in 1971.

For Espy, turnout is key.

"My approach is MS first", Espy said at last week's debate.

On Friday, the Jackson Free Press reported that Hyde-Smith attended a private high school that was founded in 1970 so that white parents could avoid attempts to integrate schools by sending their children to schools without black students. Rob Manfred has not yet explained why the league's PAC has seen fit to give Hyde-Smith money in light of all of this, but given the anger and agitation I've seen about this just since I woke up this morning and saw the news, my sense is that he had better explain himself pretty damn quickly. But otherwise, Hyde-Smith's campaign has kept her mostly out of public eye and away from the press - eschewing the usual event-after-event sprint to Election Day - as controversy over racially insensitive remarks she'd made earlier this month swirled. He noted during a campaign stop earlier Monday that he had crossed the "party chasm" to endorse the re-election of Republican Gov. Haley Barbour in MS in 2007. "MLB has requested that the contribution be returned".

  • Jon Douglas