MS voters head to polls for Senate runoff Tuesday

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

The Senate runoff on Tuesday is between Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, in a race that has increasingly taken on racial overtones.

President Donald Trump is stumping in MS on Monday for a Republican Senate appointee who wants voters to focus on her unwavering support for him, and not the racial questions that have made Tuesday's runoff election a much closer contest than anyone expected.

"I want everybody to know, no matter who you voted for today, I'm going to always represent every Mississippian".

Hyde-Smith, as you may recall, said during her support of friend and supporter Colin Hutchinson, "I would fight a circle saw for him". They say surveys have consistently shown her with a lead ranging from the mid-single digits to the low double digits. More than a week after the video's release, she said she apologized to "anyone that was offended by my comments", but also said the remark was used as a "weapon" against her.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold two campaign rallies - one in Tupelo, Mississippi and another in Biloxi - on Monday afternoon in support of embattled Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who has come under fire in recent weeks for comments in which she joked about attending a public hanging.

Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of Trump, who campaigned with her in Tupelo and Gulfport. Whoever wins the election will fill the last two years of Cochran's term, and then have to run again in 2020. Thad Cochran. The longtime lawmaker retired in April amid health concerns.

Mr Espy is trying to become the first African-American US senator from MS since Reconstruction.

Since the controversy, Hyde-Smith has stayed out of the spotlight and refused to elaborate on her comments or apology.

News reports that the nooses were found on Monday morning, along with hate signs, outside the capitol building.

President Donald Trump answers questions from the press while departing the White House on November 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the MS special Senate election run-off as Likely Republican.

The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and that almost 73 per cent of the victims were black.

"I am asking all Mississippians to give me your vote tomorrow so I can ... protect our conservative values", she said.

While most candidates being outed like this would be the kiss of political death, political pundits have speculated that MS is likely to consider Smith's racism a perk.

Hyde-Smith, a staunch Republican, is running with a slight lead against Democrat Mike Espy.

"I don't talk to them as white voters".

"I put my reputation on the line, went through a trial, went through 70 witnesses against me, went through the special prosecutor who spent $26 million against me and I was found not guilty".

Hyde-Smith was in her second term as MS agriculture commissioner when Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her to temporarily succeed GOP Sen.

The comment called up dark memories of lynchings in the state. Trump dubbed Hyde-Smith a "special woman", with Sen.

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". However, in our sample we do not see strong signs of such a lopsided turnout in Espy's favor.