Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Ayanna Pressley travels to MS to campaign for Democrat Mike Espy

Ayanna Pressley travels to MS to campaign for Democrat Mike Espy

Hyde-Smith apologized "to anyone that was offended" by the comment, which she intended as an "exaggerated expression of regard" for a local rancher who invited her to speak.

Earlier Monday, as he was leaving for MS, the president said Hyde-Smith "felt very badly" about the reaction to her remarks. "Don't empower the radical Democrats to return us to the failure of the past".

President Donald Trump, speaking tonight in front of a cheering crowd at the Coast Coliseum, urged MS residents to return Cindy Hyde-Smith to the U.S. Senate.

Democrats are hoping to pull off an Alabama-style upset in the state after a series of missteps from Hyde-Smith. Trump had praised the Republican candidate on Sunday and called her an "outstanding person".

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He was joined by Mississippi's Republican leadership of Gov. Phil Bryant and Sen.

If he prevailed, Mr Espy would become the first black senator since the Reconstruction Era following the US Civil War.

The RNC has been paying close attention to the race and Hyde-Smith has launched a get out the vote effort. Espy into a run-off.

Normally Mississippi would be a layup for Republicans given the state's GOP-heavy electorate.

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Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan later condemned the nooses by saying: 'Obviously, this behavior is offensive and has no place in a civilized society'. "But if we win tomorrow, we'll be at 53-47", Trump said in Tupelo, Mississippi, at the first rally on Monday. "Up until that point I thought well maybe - maybe I could at least be accepting. But I think it's actually on the cusp of being really competitive and I'd be stunned if Espy were to win". Espy is trailing, whether the gap is in the single or double digits remains unclear.

MS voters are deciding a racially charged Senate election that has dredged up the Deep South state's ugly past. Cindy Hyde-Smith to refund its $5,000 campaign contribution in light of controversy surrounding racially insensitive remarks the Mississippi Republican made earlier this month.

Espy, a former Clinton administration secretary, hopes to pull off an upset in the deep Red State.

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