MLB PAC Wants Money Back After Last-Minute Donation To Hyde-Smith

Trump rallies Hyde Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

Trump rallies Hyde Smith voters as Espy pushes turnout

Cindy Hyde-Smith, a day before he plans to campaign with the fellow Republican in MS ahead of her runoff against a Democrat. The victor will finish the final two years of a term started by GOP Sen.

Hyde-Smith is in a tight runoff Tuesday against Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton. She also supported a resolution as a state senator that praised a Confederate soldier's effort to "defend his homeland", and the Jackson Free Press reported Friday Hyde-Smith attended and graduated from a "segregation academy" set up so that white parents could avoid sending their children to an integrated school.

She is the first woman to represent MS in Congress, and Espy is seeking to become the first African-American to represent the state in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.

Several companies that have donated to Hyde-Smith have remained silent, including Verizon Communications, Home Depot, Chevron and Exxon Mobil. Trump won 58 percent of the state's vote in 2016, and Hyde-Smith has tied herself closely to his presidency. MLB's comment provided no explanation as to why the donation was made after Hyde-Smith's comments, and when exactly Major League Baseball chose to ask for it back.

Reports into Hyde-Smith's past have also revealed a photo of her wearing a Confederate military-style hat in 2014.

Hyde-Smith was recorded telling supporters in Tupelo earlier this month that she'd be "on the front row" if one of her supporters there "invited me to a public hanging" - a phrase her campaign called an "exaggerated expression of regard". "We need to come out tomorrow in such numbers, such strength, marching to the polls like it's a holiday", he said.

Hyde-Smith spoke to Republican stalwarts at a Meridian museum Sunday afternoon supported by U.S. Sen.

About a third of MS voters were African-American in the four-way race on Election Day, and Espy won support from about 80 percent of them, compared to about 20 percent of white voters, according to VoteCast, a wide-ranging survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press.




Major League Baseball wants the campaign of Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired in April.

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

Besides supporting her personally, Trump is also trying to solidify Republican control of the Senate, which he has complained is hardly a majority now with 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats, and 2 independents who both caucus with the Democrats.

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

"I guess you could juxtapose my experience with her experience", Espy said between campaign appearances in Jackson. More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested and that number could increase, the state secretary of state's office said on Saturday.

Officials say this is particularly high for absentee voting for a run-off election. The runoff election for the seat is coming on Tuesday. Her campaign said the remark about voting was a joke.

"My approach is MS first", Espy said at last week's debate.

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