According to online Federal Election Commission records, the "Cindy Hyde-Smith for US Senate" committee reported a $5,000 contribution from the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball on November 23 - more than two weeks after a video surfaced showing Hyde-Smith joking about attending a "public hanging".
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The Cook Political Report puts the race as only "leaning" Republican, however, and some commentators have predicted softening support for Hyde-Smith related to comments she's made and photographs that are being used by her opponents to portray her as racist. Trump has previously thanked Hyde-Smith for voting for "our Agenda in the Senate 100% of the time". A second Republican candidate running as an independent split the rightwing vote in that poll, making a Democratic gain unlikely. He's been a fan of this team for more than 40 years, but with Johnson owning the team, he's chose to financially boycott the franchise following the revelation that Johnson had donated to Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Also on Friday, the Jackson Free Press newspaper reported that Hyde-Smith attended a white private school founded in 1970, the year many MS public high schools integrated racially.
Tuesday's victor will finish the final two years of the term begun by Republican Sen.
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A 2014 Facebook post in which Hyde-Smith praises Confederate history subsequently surfaced.
"This is a campaign that goes to the color line and it reached across the color line, across the chasm of racial division, across the chasm of racial acrimony", Espy said, saying blacks and whites share common concerns in the issues he's centered his campaign on, such as health insurance, student debt and jobs.
"We've done great, and now we're going to do a little bit better by adding an extra vote", Trump said. The former congressman was agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton.
For Espy, turnout is key. MS hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982. "That means that MS over party, MS over person - I don't care how powerful that person might be". Hyde-Smith served as a state senator from 2000 to 2012. Trump, who will attend rallies for Hyde-Smith this week in Tupelo and Biloxi, continues to have very strong approval ratings in Mississippi.
The measure "rests on an odd combination of perpetuating both the Confederate legacy and the idea that this was not really in conflict with being a good citizen of the nation", said Nina Silber, the president of the Society of Civil War Historians and a Boston University history professor. "MLB has requested that the contribution be returned", a league spokesperson said in a statement, via ESPN.