Republican voters rally behind Hyde-Smith despite reservations Republican voters in Mississippi may not be proud of Hyde-Smith as a candidate…
Republican voters in Mississippi may not be proud of Hyde-Smith as a candidate but they accumulate behind her as GOP candidate in the race.
“She’s a Republican, I suppose,” said Jerry Smith, a grandfather and longtime Mississippi resident, about why he voted for Hyde-Smith. He was not afraid of the backlash of her racist comments about being willing to participate in a “public hangout”.
“I think it’s overblown,” Smith said on a simmering plate of Chinese food at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi. “But I sometimes ask, who are the least evil ̵
1; which of the two is least evil. I vote for Smith. I just think they are less of the two evil.”
Betty Lechman, a Biloxi resident for five decades, told CBS News Kathryn Watson that she would vote for Hyde-Smith because she was the Republican.
“But as I said, none of them wish I had someone else to vote for. But it will not happen,” added Lechman. “All clay wobbles. I do not like clay slinging and both do it.”
Her friend, Marion Cranmer, also a senior citizen, long resident of the Mississippi, agreed.
“There has been too much mud-slinging,” Cranmer said, frustrated. “You only wonder what you hear about her if any of it’s not true, but it just puts you on the fence. I do not like any of them.”
On Monday, Cranmer was not sure if she would vote. But, “If you do not vote for her, it’s a voice for him,” she added.
Dianne Swennumson, an Espy supporter, said that she was not sure of the chances of the democratic candidate. She and her husband have supported republicans in the past but say they are terrified by Mr Trump’s rhetoric and behavior. Swennumson always planned to vote for Espy but felt more confident about his decision after Hyde -Smith’s “public hanging” comment.
“I think he has a chance but I think this is Mississippi,” said Swennumson. “I wish we could be like Alabama who had enough with Roy Moore, you know. I really did not think it would happen, but it did, and it could be. “
” I’ll be completely shocked by Espy’s winner, “added Swennumson.
Reporting by Kathryn Watson