Trump rallies Hyde-Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

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With the final senate race happening on Tuesday, campaigning is crucial for Mississippi Senate candidates.

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.

"If people vote on taxes, guns, abortion or judicial appointees, she's going to be fine", he said. Hyde-Smith was sworn into office in April after her appointment by Gov. Phil Bryant.

McDaniel, who led field operations that boosted longshot Democrat Doug Jones to a special election victory in Alabama past year, said Espy's campaign wants voters to focus on issues important to them.

In 2014, she posted a picture on her Facebook page showing her posing at the Jefferson Davis homestead holding a rifle and wearing a Confederate hat, reported the Washington Post.

The photo, and the recently appointed Republican senator's attendance at one of the many private schools that was set up to bypass integration, adds historic context to comments she made in recent weeks about a "public hanging" that drew condemnations from across the political spectrum.

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On Nov. 15, another video surfaced online in which Hyde-Smith said making it more hard for people to vote is a "great idea".

The league said in a statement Sunday it was revoking a $5,000 donation it had made to Hyde-Smith. The victor will finish the final two years of a term started by GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., during a televised Mississippi U.S. Senate debate Tuesday in Jackson, Miss.

"I have met with the president, and I proudly support him in negotiating these trades", she said.

Trump told the crowd in Tupelo that "we don't want those people in Mississippi" and that immigrants are "not coming through anymore" illegally. Then, they fly to the Gulf Coast for a larger evening rally in Biloxi.

Democrats also have used some star power.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Espy, and three Democrats who could run for president in 2020 - Sens.

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Espy, 64, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993 and as U.S. agriculture secretary in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1994.

For Espy, turnout is key.

Espy is seeking an upset victory in a deep red state after Democrat Doug Jones edged Republican Roy Moore in a December 2017 special election to fill former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate seat.

"I guess you could juxtapose my experience with her experience", Espy told The Associated Press. But if Black voters rise to 40 percent of the electorate and Espy wins 9 out of 10, he needs less than a quarter of White votes to squeak out a victory.

Hyde-Smith should enjoy a decided advantage if she can convince McDaniel's voters to support her in the runoff election on November 27. His campaign has focused more on issues such as social justice, health care and raising wages. I haven't taken a close look at this for a while, but back in the 2012 cycle, for example, about 75% of the MLB Commissioner's PAC donations went to Republicans.

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