Major League Baseball requests return of $5,000 donation to Cindy Hyde-Smith

Major League Baseball requests return of $5,000 donation to Cindy Hyde-Smith

Major League Baseball requests return of $5,000 donation to Cindy Hyde-Smith

President Trump is headed for MS on Monday to rally support for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith ahead of Tuesday's runoff election against Democratic opponent Mike Espy. Even on trade and tariffs, where Trump's decisions could hurt MS farmers, Hyde-Smith praised the president.

Democratic Senate candidate Mike Espy met with a jubilant crowd in Meridian Sunday afternoon.

Hyde-Smith, a close ally of President Trump, is defending her MS senate seat against former Democratic Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy in a run-off election on Tuesday. Cindy Hyde-Smith has received another donation from the baseball world - this time from the MLB front office.

Trump predicted a big day on Tuesday for Hyde-Smith and the Republican Party. In recent weeks, her campaign has been under increased scrutiny, including from donors, over controversial comments she has made in a race against an African American candidate and in a state with a sordid racial past and a history of lynchings. The victor of the runoff gets the final two years of a term he started.

His rally stops are to include Biloxi and Tupelo, Mississippi. In a tweet, Trump called her "an outstanding person". "Mississippi, Vote for @cindyhydesmith on Tuesday".

"Mike Espy doesn't need a huge turnout overall", said Henry Barbour, one of Mississippi's Republican National Committee members. Espy vows to bring his experience of "diversity" and "inclusion" to the job, qualities he says are lacking in his white Republican opponent.

According to Politico, on November 11, Hyde-Smith appeared in a video on social media, saying that if a supporter invited her to a public hanging, she'd sit in the front row.

Hyde-Smith has apologized to "anyone that was offended" by the hanging comment, saying she meant no ill will. Her campaign said the remark about voting was a joke.

The victor finishes the term of Sen. Thad Cochran retired in April for health reasons, will face Espy on Tuesday to serve the remaining two years of Cochran's term.

Illinois Cox Littleton, 92, of Jackson, Miss., seated, went to the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, to cast an absentee ballot in a U.S. Senate runoff election. Espy recalled how racist insults were yelled at him and his twin sister, and they were among the 17 black students who integrated the all-white Yazoo City High School in 1969.

VoteCast, a wide-ranging survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press, showed about a third of MS voters were African-American and that Espy won support from about 80 percent of them, compared to about 20 percent of White voters.

Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan, when asked to comment on the report, attacked the "liberal media", saying in a statement, "They have stooped to a new low, attacking her entire family and trying to destroy her personally instead of focusing on the clear differences on the issues between Cindy Hyde-Smith and her far-left opponent".

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

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