Major League Baseball requests return of $5,000 donation to Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Trump rallies Hyde Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

Yearbook cheerleader pic allegedly shows GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith at 70s high school segregation academy

Hyde-Smith, a close ally of President Trump, is defending her MS senate seat against former Democratic Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy in a run-off election on Tuesday.

Hyde-Smith and Espy are looking to fill the seat of longtime Republican Sen.

Trump was appearing at two rallies to help Hyde-Smith finish the final two years of the term started by Republican Thad Cochran.

Espy, who was USA agriculture secretary under Bill Clinton, spoke on Saturday about how he and his twin sister were among 17 black students who integrated the all-white Yazoo City high school in 1969, graduating in 1971.

News of the 2007 measure comes amid increased scrutiny of Hyde-Smith's past after a series of recordings surfaced that featured her making comments about attending a "public hanging" and suppressing the votes of students in the state. Further digging into Hyde-Smith's past has revealed a photo of her wearing a Confederate military-style hat in 2014 along with questions about the white private school she attended in the 1970s. Her comment had nothing to do with race-related lynchings, she said.

If victorious, Espy would become Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction and the first Mississippi Democrat elected to the Senate since 1982.

Hyde-Smith has established herself as an inveterate supporter of the president.

It was reported that she also wore a Confederate hat while visiting a museum for Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

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.

As a state senator in 2007, Hyde-Smith cosponsored a resolution that honored then-92-year-old Effie Lucille Nicholson Pharr, calling her "the last known living "Real Daughter" of the Confederacy living in MS".

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Hyde-Smith's remarks have prompted several organizations - including Major League Baseball and Walmart - to withdraw their financial support. "We need to come out tomorrow in such numbers, such strength, marching to the polls like it's a holiday", he said.

Trump will make at least two stops on Monday: In the afternoon in Tupelo - the birthplace of Elvis Presley - and in the evening in Biloxi, at a larger rally at the Coast Coliseum at 8 p.m, the Clarion Ledger reported. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., during a televised Mississippi U.S. Senate debate Tuesday in Jackson, Miss.

"I always say, if a senator catches a cold, we don't have a majority", he told reporters on October 24.

The Senate race is expected to drive a higher-than-usual turnout for a runoff in Mississippi.

Yearbook photos from 1975 obtained by the Jackson Free Press show she went to Lawrence County Academy, an all-white school founded in 1970 in Monticello, Mississippi.

More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested for the runoff, and that number could increase as circuit clerks continue compiling information, the MS secretary of state's office said Saturday.

Trump had likened the approaching caravans to an "invasion" in the days leading up to the November 6 midterm elections, but critics accused him of exaggerating the threat in order to motivate his base to turn out and vote.

Tuesday's runoff election will conclude the 2018 midterms.

"My approach is MS first", Espy said at last week's debate. Her campaign said it was a joke.

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