Nooses found hanging on grounds of MS state capitol

Saul Bowman
November 28, 2018

The election has been dominated by racial issues, after a photo emerged of Hyde-Smith wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier and a video emerged of her saying she'd be "on the front row" of a public hanging if invited.

The sign above references Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who apologized "to anyone offended" by her remarks about going to public lynchings.

President Trump was back on the campaign trail Monday, stumping in MS for Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is facing Mike Espy in a racially charged runoff for a US Senate seat. Espy said during a speech on Monday night at a predominantly African American church.

"I'll be totally shocked if Espy wins", she added. "We need someone who respects lives of lynching victims", one sign read. It says MS had 581 during that time, the highest number of any state. "I just think she's the less of the two evils".

Voters in MS will decide on Tuesday a US Senate special election runoff marked by racial controversy and capped by a last-minute visit by President Donald Trump to shore up the beleaguered Republican incumbent.

Democrats are hoping to pull off an Alabama-style upset in the state after a series of missteps from Hyde-Smith.


A video of Ms Hyde-Smith apparently encouraging voter suppression also emerged on Twitter.

He painted Democrat Mr Espy as a far-left ideologue who would "rather protect illegal aliens than people who live in Mississippi", and questioned how he "fit in with Mississippi". 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.

Hyde-Smith, a former state agriculture and commerce commissioner who was appointed to succeed ailing GOP Senator Thad Cochran, is portraying the race as a battle of ideologies in her final appeal to voters in the ruby-red state.

Under the state's law, if no candidate wins over 50% of the votes, a runoff election must take place.

Polls in the state close at 20:00 local time on Tuesday, with results to follow soon after.

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