Dem contrasts 'diversity' with GOP senator in Mississippi

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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, 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. Defeat would leave the Republicans with only a... The victor will finish the final two years of a term started by GOP Sen.

About 100 anti-Trump protesters were also there, chanting "Impeach 45" as they held signs with red strikes through Hyde-Smith's name. And they foreshadow the messaging dissonance that could mark the next two years of his presidency as he faces a divided Congress - a Republican-majority Senate and a Democrat-controlled House - after two years of across-the-board Republican power.

On a November 2 campaign stop, Sen.

That Hyde-Smith would be ahead shouldn't come as a surprise considering her alignment with President Donald Trump, who won the state by nearly 18 points.

Hyde-Smith has apologized for the remark but Espy, an African-American and former congressman, has used the comment as fodder during his campaign. RRH Elections, with Bold Blue Campaigns and JMC Analytics & Polling, showed Hyde-Smith with a 54 percent to 44 percent lead on Espy, with a margin of error of 4 percent. Thad Cochran, who retired in April.

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The newspaper published a photograph from the 1975 edition of the Lawrence County Academy yearbook that allegedly shows Hyde-Smith with a group of cheerleaders and a mascot with a Confederate flag.

The school photos surfaced days after other photos circulated on social media of Hyde-Smith wearing a gray Confederate military-style hat in 2014 when she was state agriculture commissioner and visited Beauvoir, the beachside home in Biloxi, Mississippi, that was the last home for Confederate president Jefferson Davis. "All the MS farmers want is a fair deal, and I'm excited that the president has stepped up to renegotiate these deals".

Scallan said the Hyde-Smith campaign had no comment about the Beauvoir photos. Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Espy, and three Democrats who could run for president in 2020 - Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith leading in the only poll since the primary election over Democrat and former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy.

For Espy, turnout is key.

Espy hasn't hammered Hyde-Smith on Trump at every turn. The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982. 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", a league spokesperson said in a statement, via ESPN. She and her campaign have refused to talk about the Confederate hat and have called the school issue a personal attack on her family meant to draw attention away from issues.

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