Hyde-Smith Holds Lead On Espy

Yearbook cheerleader pic allegedly shows GOP Sen. Hyde Smith at 70s high school segregation academy

With the final senate race happening on Tuesday, campaigning is crucial for Mississippi Senate candidates.

John Burris, a civil rights attorney, says he is a huge fan, but that it's time for Giants fans to withdraw their support for the Johnson and team amid the controversy.

More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested for the runoff, and that number could increase as circuit clerks continue compiling information, the MS secretary of state's office said Saturday. The runoff election for the seat is coming on Tuesday.

Saturday was the deadline for in-person absentee voting. Several dozen people waited in a line that stretched out of the Hinds county courthouse in downtown Jackson, including a retired home economics teacher, Illinois Cox Littleton, 92, who said she voted for Espy because she considers him "a highly intelligent man".

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith recently drew criticism for remarks condoning public hangings and the Confederacy. The victor of the runoff gets the final two years of a term he started.

If victorious, Espy would become Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction and the first Mississippi Democrat elected to the Senate since 1982.

The concurrent resolution was approved by Mississippi's House and Senate. The measure, which was unearthed by CNN's KFile during a review of Hyde-Smith's legislative history, is the latest in a series of issues that have surfaced during her campaign, many of which have evoked Mississippi's dark history of racism and slavery.

She has a history of controversial conduct, the most recent from a campaign rally earlier this month where she was seen on video joking with a supporter about happily being his guest for a public hanging. The Washington Post reported that in 2001, Hyde-Smith introduced a bill as a state senator to rename a stretch of highway to what it had been called in the 1930s: the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, after the president of the Confederacy.

Hyde-Smith has apologized for the remark but Espy, an African-American and former congressman, has used the comment as fodder during his campaign.

The photo shows the school's mascot dressed in what appears to be a Confederate uniform holding a Confederate flag. Further digging into Hyde-Smith's past has revealed a photo of her wearing a Confederate military-style hat in 2014 along with questions about the white private school she attended in the 1970s.

The senator faces Democratic challenger Mike Espy in a special election November 27. Littleton is accompanied by her grandson, Justin Austin, 25, and her daughter, Jacqueline Austin, 54, both of Jackson, Miss., who say they will cast ballots when polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

He claimed Espy would "vote in total lockstep" with Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to serve in the Senate temporarily when longtime Republican Sen.

President Donald Trump tweeted support Sunday for U.S. Sen.

President Donald Trump, of whom Hyde-Smith has been a vocal supporter, will hold two rallies in MS on Monday to whip up support for the Republican candidate.

Major League Baseball has joined a long list of donors to ask Cindy Hyde-Smith for their money back after the Republican candidate for US Senate in MS made comments about attending a "public hanging".

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