Racists nooses were discovered hanging outside the Mississippi State capitol of the eve of a runoff election between a black candidate and the white incumbent.
The voting comes after neither of the two won 50 percent of the votes during the 2018 midterm elections to take the spot in the U.S. Senate - Hyde-Smith gained 41.5 percent of the votes, while Espy had 40.6 percent of the votes.
"We can not afford to have voters become disgruntled because their candidate didn't make it out of a primary", Adams warns, "and if we don't win this race in MS, then it gives more fodder to the Democrats who nearly took out Ted Cruz, a man that we all know nationwide and was a national leader in the U.S. Senate". Cindy Hyde-Smith, which has become racially charged. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and that almost 73 percent of the victims were black.
Like a lot of Mississippi Republicans, Smith seems willing to forgive the senator for some of the eyebrow-raising remarks she's made in recent weeks. Hyde-Smith ultimately apologized but not before Espy responded during a debate calling the comments, "what's in her heart".
"The most striking thing is that this race has been at least seen as competitive, and there's been some energy for Espy and Democrats in the state", said Jonathan Winburn, a political scientist at the University of Mississippi.More news: Harry and Meghan announce move to Windsor in early 2019
Trump continued, "But other than the blond hair, when I was growing up, they said I looked like Elvis".
"She produces like few produce", Trump said.
As expected, Mr. Trump basked in a warm reception in a state he won by 17 points over Hillary Clinton, and then the president drew a sharp contrast between Ms. Hyde-Smith and her challenger, former Democratic Mississippi congressman and a secretary in the Clinton administration, Mike Espy.
The race between Hyde-Smith, who is hoping to keep the seat away from Democrat Mike Espy, has garnered plenty of national attention. "I always consider that a great compliment".
Donald Trump praised Ms Hyde-Smith as he headed to Mississippi to lead two rallies for the senator. "In fact, I was so not guilty, I was innocent".