History will be made either way: Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive MS runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction.
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Hyde-Smith, who initially refused to apologise for the hanging remark, said last week she was sorry "for anyone that was offended" and accused Espy of twisting her words for political gain.
Espy kept to a theme he's emphasized repeatedly: He'd be a senator for all of Mississippi. He needs white voters, as well. "I support him. I also support Cindy, but I really do believe in Trump", said voter Sara Rutherford of Shannon, Mississippi. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is in a Senate runoff.
He said it would be "unfair" to make any connection between the items and Hyde-Smith.
Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, appointed to the seat in April, has given unwavering support to President Donald Trump who campaigned for her at two rallies on Monday, a day ahead of today's runoff.
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Voter Elizabeth Gallinghouse, 84, said Tuesday she wanted to be a part of that history by helping to elect the state's first woman to Capitol Hill.
Some corporate donors, including Walmart, requested refunds on their campaign contributions to Hyde-Smith after the videos surfaced.
"So many things are taken out of context", said Elizabeth Gallinghouse, 84, from Diamondhead, Mississippi.
"I am asking all Mississippians to give me your vote tomorrow so I can ... protect our conservative values", she said. But they say the race has tightened - and after what happened in Alabama a year ago, they're on edge. Hold this gun.' It was a fun time. She later sent her own daughter to a similar school, the newspaper reported.
The senator's comment evoked the lynching of African Americans in a state whose past is rife with racial violence.
Hyde-Smith joked about going "front row" to a "public hanging" in a video posted to Twitter earlier this month, prompting her African-American opponent to call her comment "reprehensible". "But, if nothing else, this has made us realize that we still have so much work to do". Thad Cochran retired due to health issues. Tuesday's victor will serve the last two of Cochran's six-year term.
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MS voters will decide on Tuesday between Republican Sen. History is also on the side of the GOP candidate: the state has not elected a Democratic senator since 1982.
"We don't want to have an Alabama", he added, referring to Republican Roy Moore's 2017 loss to Democrat Doug Jones in a special Senate election in the deep-red state. Mike Espy in the special election runoff after neither cleared 50 percent in the November 6 jungle primary, which saw two Republicans and two Democrats run together on the same ballot. About 38 percent of the state's residents are black.
Two nooses were found hanging at the Mississippi State Capitol on Monday morning around 7:15, according to NBC affiliate WLBT.
The contest caps a campaign season that exposed persistent racial divisions in America - and the willingness of some political candidates to exploit them to win elections. She noted that the country's ex-president, Laurent Gbagbo, is being tried in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
President Trump also said his administration "found the magic wand" for manufacturing in the United States. "I resigned the contract".
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The state has voted reliably Republican for the past 30 years.