Trump Backs Under-Fire Senator Hyde-Smith

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Cindy Hyde-Smith, the embattled GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in MS, is in hot water again.

Espy also spoke on the debate from the other night, telling the crowd his opponent, Cindy Hyde-Smith, shouldn't have to read any honest apology from a notepad.

President Donald Trump tweeted support Sunday for U.S. Sen. But on Monday, he painted Democrats as radical and risky as he stumped for Republican Sen.

A 2014 Facebook post in which Hyde-Smith praises Confederate history subsequently surfaced. She's up against Democratic former Congressman Mike Espy, a former US agriculture secretary vying to become the first black senator from the state since Reconstruction.

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The historic contest features Hyde-Smith, who would be the first woman elected to Congress from MS, against Espy, who's vying to become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction. Thad Cochran in April, is now having to fight for her seat against a challenger who she defeated by little more than a percentage point earlier this month. The former congressman was agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton. She has been facing intense scrutiny recently over having attended a white private school that was founded after court-ordered school desegregation of public schools.

Given how political donations work - you have to write a check to the campaign committee by name - there is no reasonable way to read this other than (a) MLB's lobbyists happily cut the check to Hyde-Smith not giving a rip about Hyde-Smith's controversial comments; and (b) the moment this hit the news they realized how big a deal it was to people and are now scrambling to control the damage.

Cindy Hyde-Smith had her lead in the first round of voting slashed after she was recorded telling a supporter: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row". Cindy Hyde-Smith in a special election runoff.

The newspaper published a photograph from the 1975 edition of the Lawrence County Academy yearbook that allegedly shows Hyde-Smith with a group of cheerleaders and a mascot with a Confederate flag. He said he knows "where her heart is and her heart is good".

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In talking about the economy, Espy's campaign website says he promotes worker training and building infrastructure to support business, such as statewide broadband.

Hyde-Smith believes the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, should be repealed. He has to close the gap in a state where Trump received 58 percent in 2016 and that hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982. Her comment had nothing to do with race-related lynchings, she said. Then, they fly to the Gulf Coast for a larger evening rally in Biloxi. She is an outstanding person who is strong on the Border, Crime, Military, our great Vets, Healthcare & the 2nd A [mendment].

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