Trump to rally in Tupelo ahead of Senate runoff

Lester Mason
November 18, 2018

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.

President Trump is set to hold a pair of rallies in MS for republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, on the eve of her runoff election against democrat Mike Epsy.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California is campaigning in MS for Espy Saturday, while Sen.

Hyde-Smith faces former Democratic Rep.

Louisiana political blogger Lamar White Jr. posted a video Sunday morning of Hyde-Smith at a Tupelo campaign event November 2.

Hyde-Smith's connection to a noted white supremacist and her lynching comments are magnified as her opponent, Mike Espy, is African American. Cindy Hyde-Smith, said she'd attend a "public hanging" if invited by a supporter, and that suppressing the votes of college students might be a "good thing". Thad Cochran resigned over health reasons.


The senator's campaign said anyone trying to cast the statement about the hanging in a negative way is "ridiculous" and that she was joking in her comment about limiting the voting ability of liberals. She refused to discuss either video with the Sun Herald as she shook hands at a Gulfport Business Council economic breakfast Friday in Biloxi.

The event at the airport will be general admission, with the doors opening at 2.

Hyde-Smith countered the videos with a news release about Espy's lobbying earlier this decade for an African dictator now on trial for crimes against humanity, a story that also has been covered by the national media.

This announcement of the presidential visit comes as the senator's campaign has run into some turbulence.

Hyde-Smith's campaign did not respond to calls from the Jackson Free Press to confirm the donation.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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