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>> Voters Tuesday picking Mississippi's next senator, in a special election so contentious, President Trump last night returned to the state to once again boost the embattled Republican candidate. In back-to-back rallies in Tupelo and Biloxi, the President threw his weight behind Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.>> Cindy is so important, so respected.
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>> And went after her Democratic opponent, Mike Espy.>> How does he fit in with Mississippi?>> It's a race that's opened up old wounds from the state's dark past. Hyde-Smith came under fire this month for a comment that evoked Mississippi's history of lynching.
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If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row.
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On Monday, a pair of nooses and hate signs were found hanging outside the Mississippi State Capitol. Espy on Tuesday, condemned her remarks.>> Her comments don't reflect the value of our state.>> Reports that Hyde-Smith attended an all white segregation academy in high school and pushed a revisionist view of the Civil War in the State Senate compounding the controversy.
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Companies like Walmart, AT&T, and Google asking that their campaign donations to Hyde-Smith be returned. Despite that, Espy, a former agriculture secretary under President Clinton, is still the underdog. Reuters correspondent John Whitesides.>> It's a very Republican state that Trump won by 18 percentage points. I think that Espy has viewed the Doug Jones race in Alabama as a bit of a template.
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They're both Deep South, reliably Republican states that Trump won big. And like Doug Jones in Alabama, Espy is trying to pull off what would be a huge upset in Mississippi, because a Democrat hasn't been elected to the Senate there since 1982.>> Jones was able to pull off a surprise victory against Republican Roy Moore in part because Moore was accused of sexual misconduct with several women when they were teenagers and he was in his thirties.
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Tuesday's runoff in Mississippi was forced after neither candidate won a majority in the November 6th election, and is the final Senate race to be decided this year. Even if Espy does pull off an upset, Republicans will still have a majority in the Senate.