Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Backed Senate candidate wins election after controversy in Mississippi

Backed Senate candidate wins election after controversy in Mississippi

Espy's campaign argued that Hyde-Smith's "toxic comments" were an embarrassment to MS and could scare away economic investments.

Wallace was decrying a statement made by Hyde-Smith Tuesday when she tried to pin the blame on the Republican for nooses found hung from trees in Mississippi.

"I have worked very hard for you, and you can count on me when it comes to your conservative values", she said at a campaign rally in Biloxi on November 26.

Hyde-Smith, 59, is the first woman ever elected to either chamber of Congress from Mississippi.

A Republican candidate supported by President Trump has won a US Senate seat in MS, after a race overshadowed by racial acrimony.

A week before the runoff election to decide who would permanently fill the seat Hyde-Smith was appointed to after longtime Sen.

The race was rocked by the video, in which Hyde-Smith said of a supporter, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row". In and itself that is not necessarily problematic, but the caption Hyde-Smith posted below the photo, presumably written by her, clearly said that Confederate artifacts and weapons represent "Mississippi history at its best!"

In the final stretch, she portrayed the contest as a battle of ideologies and was aided by President Donald Trump, who visited the state on Monday for two rallies, as well as GOP groups who poured resources in the final stretch to bolster her campaign.

In the aftermath of the video, Republicans anxious they could face a repeat of last year's special election in Alabama, in which a flawed Republican candidate handed Democrats a reliable GOP Senate seat in the Deep South.

"Who went to a segregation academy", she continued, "I believe it's been reported, her daughter did or does, as well". About 30 minutes ago as I write this the race has been called and Cindy Hyde-Smith has defeated Mike Espy pretty handily.

She also joked about making it "a little more difficult" for liberals to vote.

The controversies surrounding her set off a major push by national Republicans to avoid the same embarrassment they'd suffered a year ago in Alabama over the Senate campaign of Roy Moore and save Hyde-Smith. She said the "public hanging" comment was "an exaggerated expression of regard" for a fellow cattle rancher.

Several companies that had donated to Hyde-Smith's campaign, including Walmart, publicly withdrew their support for the senator over the "public hanging" comment. The furor sparked by the comment led to a number of corporate donors to demand refunds of campaign donations to the appointed incumbent. Cochran, 80, resigned earlier this year, citing health concerns.

Hyde-Smith's victory will help the Republican Party hold on to a 53-47 majority in the reshuffled U.S. Senate that reconvenes in the New Year.

"To the lawless caravans and illegal trespassers marching toward our border, it is very simple: Turn back now, go back home, we will not let you in", Trump said.

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