Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Nooses, 'hate' signs left outside Mississippi Capitol in buildup to special election

Nooses, 'hate' signs left outside Mississippi Capitol in buildup to special election

Rock and roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, where the president held the first of two rallies to boost Republican Sen.

Voting was swift and easy in many precincts Tuesday as MS residents were deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican Senate appointee backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House.

Voters in MS will decide on Tuesday a US Senate special election runoff marked by racial controversy and capped by a last-minute visit by President Donald Trump to shore up the beleaguered Republican incumbent. Whose judgement was it that a donation to her campaign, in that amount, at that particular time, made sense?

I don't know what's in your heart - but we all know what came out of your mouth... Hyde-Smith previously faced bitter criticism for comments she made during a campaign event, in which she expressed a desire to attend a "public hanging" with one of her supporters.

Her supporters said the furor over her comments was overblown.

Republicans tend to think Hyde-Smith didn't mean what she said and reject the idea that the comment had racial overtones.

We urge all our CHQ friends and readers in MS to heed President Trump's warning: Don't take anything for granted, be sure to vote for Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in today's Senate run-off.

The runoff to serve the last two years of former Republican Senator Thad Cochran's term was necessary because neither Espy nor Hyde-Smith gained more than 50 percent of the vote in a November 6 special election with four candidates. Thad Cochran, who resigned in April amid health concerns.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence launched a rescue mission in MS for a Republican candidate on the eve of a run-off election for the US Senate, with Democrats hoping to win a seat in the state for the first time since 1982.

"I am honoured to have President Trump's endorsement", she said as the two appeared at a chilly outdoor rally at the airport in the northeastern city of Tupelo, best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

A day before a runoff US Senate election and as Donald Trump prepared to visit the state to stage two rallies, nooses and six signs were found on the grounds of the MS capitol.

Trump gave a shout-out to the "king of rock "n" roll" after taking the stage and said that, when he was young, "other than the blond hair, they said I looked like Elvis".

MS is preparing for a Tuesday Senate runoff between Republican Sen. The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the USA, and that almost 73% of the victims were black. She later apologized "to anyone that was offended". As the white and Republican blocs in MS are larger than the black and Democratic blocs, it seems likely that her larger base will carry Hyde-Smith to a moderately strong victory.

"But like I said, neither one of them, I wish I had somebody else to vote for". She has said the former comments were "twisted" to be used against her.

Hyde-Smith, whom President Trump supported, is projected to win in a runoff election against Democratic opponent Mike Espy on Tuesday.

MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings and violence against people who sought voting rights for black citizens. "I wish we could be like Alabama who had enough with Roy Moore, you know".

As a state senator, Hyde-Smith "once promoted a measure that praised a Confederate soldier's effort to "defend his homeland" and pushed a revisionist view of the Civil War" as "The War Between the States", according to CNN.

"I've never really hard anything about Mike Espy", said 19-year-old Marjorie Lam, a biology student at the community college.

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