Donald Trump throws his weight behind race-row senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2018

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama is telling MS voters that he and fellow Democrat Mike Espy could work together to be moderate voices and bridge the partisan divide in Washington.

Hyde-Smith has drawn fire for attending a white private school that was founded after court-ordered school desegregation of public schools. He had served as a cabinet secretary for former President Bill Clinton.

Trump to campaign for Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith who is locked in a tight race with Democrat Mike Espy; analysis from Michael Meehan, former chief of staff for Sen.

Espy said he was called "the N-word" many days during integration. "If Mike Espy is in the Senate, it would not be cut", Espy told supporters. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and "the legendary Maxine Waters", drawing resounding boos - even though Trump has said that Pelosi deserves to become the next House speaker and that he could even find Republican members to vote for her. "So, that's a Mississippi I want to be a part of - one of diversity, one of inclusion, one of different experiences". I chose to use that very hard time to learn from and try to reach out to people of all races.

The Senate race is expected to drive a higher-than-usual turnout for a runoff in Mississippi.

The events came after President Donald Trump again tweeted support for Hyde-Smith, calling her an "outstanding person" the day before he planned to campaign with her. More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested, and that number could increase as final numbers are tabulated. About 69,000 absentee ballots were requested before the 6 November election. There's typically a decrease in ballots cast between the first election and a runoff. Thad Cochran, who resigned in April amid health concerns. The victor will finish the final two years of a term started by GOP Sen.

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

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

MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings and violence against people who sought voting rights for black citizens.

It appears that Hyde-Smith was attending school somewhere else when the Lawrence Academy opened, meaning she transferred there deliberately.

Espy says he wants to make college and post-secondary education more affordable by increasing interest subsidies on student loans and by stopping "predatory" for-profit schools from "exploiting" adult learners. At the time, Johnson said he didn't realize that's what the group was doing.

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be in the front row", Sen.

"And I think that's a great idea", she said. Hyde-Smith apologized for the "hanging" comments during a debate earlier this week and dubbed the voting suppression comments a "joke".

The MLB made its contribution to her campaign weeks after the senator made those comments.