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Democrats strive to make Hyde-Smith's comments on an increase in black rise in the Mississippi Senate runoff

Since a progressive blogger posted videos where Espy's opponent in the late November run-up, Republican Sen Cindy Hyde-Smith, said she…

Since a progressive blogger posted videos where Espy’s opponent in the late November run-up, Republican Sen Cindy Hyde-Smith, said she would participate in a “public hangout” if prompted by an supporter and suppressing the voices of college students may be a good thing”.

On the defense, Hyde-Smith commented on participating in a publicly hanging “an excessive expression of consideration”. Her campaign said she “joked” when she was in front of a group that included students at Mississippi State University, praised the idea of ​​making it “just a little harder” for “liberal people in the other schools” to vote

But Democrats saw an opening.

Claims gave voters in the state that do not typically support the Democrats something to vote against.

Espy, a 64-year-old former congressman and agricultural secretary, now hopes that Hyde-Smith’s comments will equally turbochand exchange and tilt pickers in November 27 rounding her.

“Here’s what you will not get from me: You will not hear any speech about voter oppression.” “There will be no public hanging talk,” said Espy that more than 1

00 women gathered at a hotel here on Saturday morning. Instead, Espy said he would focus on education, gender equality and healthcare.

He said his election should reflect “a Mississippi moving forward, a Mississippi with a better image.”

Espy told the group most black women Jones had won in Alabama because of support from women.

“What did it do for Doug Jones in Alabama, you have to do for me in Mississippi, do you know what I’m saying?” he said.

Nationally-known Democrats – aware that the state has an early primary that can be the key to the democratic president’s nomination process – also flock to Mississippi for campaign with Espy.

California Sen. Kamala Harris Camped with Espy on Saturday, tell the audience at the hotel to “make a point about who we are as a country, symbolized by what the state of Mississippi is.”

Asked about Hyde-Smith’s comments after Saturday’s event, Harris called them “harmful and harmful “as well as” neglected to understand what these words mean in historical context “.

Another potential 2020 presidential candidate, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, travels to Mississippi on Monday.

“Ingredients are Present”

Mississippi is a long shot for Democrats – but it’s not impossible.

In 2016 the state won by 18 percentage points. It’s a blowout, but it’s still closer than the margins were in other red states like Indiana and Missouri.

The state-appointed lawyer, Jim Hood, is a Democrat, but a conservative who drops his party band – and he is in charge of governor in 2019.

Nearly 40% of Mississippi’s population is black and those who appear to vote make the overwhelming of democratic candidates.

And the mayor of Jackson, 35 years old Chokwe Lumumba, is seen nationally as a rising progressive star.

“Ingredients are present,” said Lumumba in an interview. “You have people who want something different. And I think you have a population who is unhappy with the results.”

In order to win the runoff of the Senate, Espy has to pull a trick and surpass among African-American voters and college students in the state’s urban areas in a run-up run on Tuesday after the Thanksgiving weekend while winning some of the voters who usually return Republicans. It’s hard to do both.

“We must be as radical or progressive as circumstances dictate we should be,” said Lumumba. “If you say yes to everyone, then you will definitely say no to everyone. If you play the middle in that sense, no one knows that it’s organized, nobody feels engaged.”

National parties jockeying

[19659002] The National Democrats say the results in Alabama give them hope, but that Mississippi is even more difficult than any other deep-rooted battles Democrats have won the last two years. The party is likely to follow the same way it used in other states and districts that are usually hostile to democrats, and protects their commitment through maneuvers such as financing obscene named super-PAC.

If any Democrats have a chance to produce a surpassing Doug Jones style among African-American voters, where they make more of the electorate than they make the population, it’s Espy, a national democratic operative saying.

“It’s a tough race in a difficult place, and we would have to catch all breaks,” said the operator.

Republicans work meanwhile to avoid another embarrassing loss in Deep South.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee – Senate’s GOP campaign arm – also spends $ 1.1 million on an advertisement that highlights Espy’s work as a lobbyist and throws him as part of the DC swamp.

And Trump will camp for Hyde-Smith the night before the election, with stops scheduled in Tupelo and Biloxi, announced Trump’s campaign Saturday.

President’s visit “will be a good step to ensure that all Conservatives know that they have a very clear choice in this run-off,” said Hyde-Smith in a statement.

Her campaign said she was not available for an interview this week. She was in Washington, with the Senate in session.

Backlash of Hyde-Smith’s Comments

The controversy of Hyde-Smith’s comments on a “public hangout” continues to kick backlash against her campaign in Mississippi, a state where the Confederate Flag remains part of the state flag.

More than 10,000 people signed an application requiring her to be removed from the office created by Mississippi Matters, a coalition of progressive groups.

The group held a protest Friday outside Hyde-Smith’s Jackson office. On Sunday, Jackson city council member Aaron Bank organized rally against “hatred and racism” at the state C apitol.

However, the Hyde-Smith campaign attempted to diffuse controversy over the newer video, calling it the “good” idea “to make it more difficult for students to vote, with a tweet seen at the same event where the video was recorded laughing with two students – one of which is black.

“It’s okay to still have a humorous feeling in America is not it?” The tweet posted to Hyde-Smith’s account said. “These students liked a laugh with Cindy even though it was state social media that tried to mislead mississippi.”

On Friday night, the black student on the picture, JR Coleman, took Twitter on his criticism of Hyde-Smith’s campaign about its use of the photo.

“As a political science major, I want to understand and inform me about each candidate. But I do not support Cindy Hyde Smith. I’m upset because I’m black,” he said.

In another tweet, Coleman added: “She tries to show herself in another light using this photo of me. We did not laugh at her terrible statements and I do not appreciate this post and try to make it seem so . “

Hyde-Smith’s campaign erased its tweet with the photo that included Coleman.

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