Rock and roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, where the president held the first of two rallies to boost Republican Sen.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, a white former state lawmaker who was appointed to the seat in April, is still favored over black Democrat Mike Espy in the reliably Republican state, which has not sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982.
The final Senate race of 2018 was expected to be a sleepy affair - a formality, really, with a special election runoff in deep red Mississippi. 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.
In one ad, a narrator says, "We can't afford a senator who embarrasses us and reinforces the stereotypes we've worked so hard to overcome".
Democrats expect high turnout from their base, boosted in part by backlash to Hyde-Smith's comments about being first in line to a public hanging if one of her supporters invited her, and a second remark about limiting liberals' ability to vote.
"She stood up to the Democrat smear machine", Trump said, praising her for voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
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Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of President Donald Trump, who campaigned with her on Monday, praising her at a rally in the northeastern MS city of Tupelo for voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
The runoff to serve the last two years of former Republican Senator Thad Cochran's term was necessary because neither Espy nor Hyde-Smith gained more than 50 percent of the vote in a November 6 special election with four candidates. Thad Cochran's six-year term.
Hyde-Smith offered a qualified apology for her "hanging" remark in a recent debate, but complained her political opponents had twisted her words.
Two nooses and a number of signs with hateful language were discovered on the grounds of the MS state capitol building on Monday morning, the day before a runoff election is set to commence between a Republican with a questionable past and her black Democratic opponent.
Shortly after the win Tuesday, Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi".
Mississippi Democrats hope to recreate the coalition that propelled Democrat Doug Jones to a Senate victory in neighboring Alabama a year ago by energizing black voters, particularly women, and winning support from white swing voters.
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"I know her, and I know she apologised, and she misspoke", the Republican president told reporters on his way to the southern state.
Trump called her "a truly incredible leader and tireless champion" for Mississippi. The discovery comes just before Tuesday's runoff election between Democrat Mike Espy, who is black, and Republican Sen.
MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings. Hyde-Smith and McConnell by Fox News weren't immediately returned.
"I don't talk to them as white voters".
Later, at a Christmas-themed rally in Biloxi, where Trump emerged on the stage from a chimney, he said that Democrats want to impose an "extreme job-killing agenda" and that a vote for Espy would be a vote for a "Democrat agenda of socialism and open borders".
Hyde-Smith's campaign hammered Espy for his $750,000 lobbying contract in 2011 with the Cocoa and Coffee Board of the Ivory Coast. "I was going to vote for Mike Espy anyway". "I wish we could be like Alabama who had enough with Roy Moore, you know".
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