Instead, Hyde-Smith has spent the days leading to Tuesday's elections that became the subject of controversy that developed the dark…
Instead, Hyde-Smith has spent the days leading to Tuesday’s elections that became the subject of controversy that developed the dark history of racism and slavery.
It began when video appeared on the web of her who told the supporters earlier this month that she “d be” on the front line “if one of her supporters there” invited me to a public hangout. “She later called the comments as an “exaggerated expression of consideration”, but her use of the phrase “public hanging” brought memories from Mississippi’s lynch story to the front end and beat the competition under the national microscope.
On Tuesday, voters from Mississippi failed to decide between Hyde -Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, who, if elected, would be the state’s first black senator since the reconstruction.
The result will complete the balance of power in the US Senate. As it says, the Republicans will hold 52 seats next year and the Democrats will have 47. A victory for the GOP in Mississippi would further throw the majority in the Senate, even as the Democrats have had a fixed majority in the House.
The state is polarized along rails, with most white voters supporting republicans and almost all black voters who support democrats.
Democrats hope that Hyde-Smith’s comments will lead to a black-turn swing and drive them to victory. But even though black voters, representing almost 40% of the voters of the state, come out in full force, Espy would still have to surpass her party’s history with white in order to win.
And Democrats Must Overcome Partial Trends In Deep Red State. Earlier this month, when several candidates in both parties were on the vote, Hyde-Smith and Conservative Chris McDaniel had combined for 58% of the vote, while Espy and Democrat Tobey Bartee received 42%.
On the verge of election, President Donald Trump held two gatherings for Hyde-Smith in an attempt to showcase the Republican base.
He told the people of Tupelo to “come out” and vote on Tuesday’s runoff.
“I think it will be a very big day for Cindy, but do not take any chances,” he says. “It has happened many times before. It never goes well. Just assume you have to vote. “
Although Republicans will control the Senate, regardless of the outcome, the President suggested that a Democratic victory in Mississippi would” recall “the victories of the party.
” We can not allow Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to revoke That victory by winning the state of Mississippi, “he said.
At a round table in Gulfport, Trump Hyde-Smith’s comments called a public hanging” sad and a little flip. “
” When I spoke to her, she called me – she said, “I said something that I meant exactly very differently” and I heard an apology loudly, “said Trump. Where her heart is and her heart is good. That was not what she meant when she said that, he said.
Although public voting has been limited, the race is regarded as potentially competitive because of Hyde -Smith’s “public hanging” comments.
These comments led to deeper dives in its history.
The same progressive blogger who published the video about her with the term “public hanging” later published a where Hyde-Smith told a small group at Mississippi State University that suppresses the students’ voices at other colleges was “a good thing.” Her campaign said it was a joke, but that statement resumed when the black student from event One looked laughing at a photo her campaign published on Twitter replied that Hyde-Smith’s campaign used him as a prop.
On Friday, Jackson Free Press reported that Hyde-Smith had attended a private high school founded in 1970 so that white parents could avoid attempts to integrate public schools. Hyde-Smith’s daughter later participated in a similar private school established around the same time, according to Free Press. The Senator’s campaign responded to the report by attacking the “liberal media”.
During the weekend, CNN reported that Hyde-Smith had once promoted an action that commended a confederate soldier’s effort to “defend his homeland” and had pursued a revisionist view of the civil war.
In photos published on her Facebook account in 2014, Hyde-Smith was depicted with federal artifacts during a visit to Beauvoir, home and library of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The caption of the reading, “Mississippi’s story at its best!”
Espy’s campaign hammered Hyde-Smith with television ads that threw her as a shame for a state that has attempted to overcome its history of slavery and racism.  “We’ve worked hard to overcome the stereotypes that hurt our economy and cost us jobs. Her words should not reflect Mississippi’s values,” tells a storyteller in an ad. The ad is also called Hyde-Smith “so embarrassing, she would be a disaster for Mississippi.”
Several companies that had donated to the Hyde-Smith campaign, including Walmart, expressed their support to the senator publicly about “public hanging” commentary.
In his debate with Espy, Hyde-Smith said that she would “apologize” to the one who was offended by her remark. But she quickly turned to attack mode.
“I also acknowledge that this comment was twisted and it became a weapon that would be used against me,” she said.
The controversies surrounding Hyde-Smith resigned from a huge pressure of national republicans to avoid the same shame they had suffered last year in Alabama and save Hyde -Smith.
While Hyde-Smith largely stayed outside the campaign trail, its infrastructure fell into its defense. GOP groups spent $ 4 million on the Mississippi drain – much more than $ 1.2 million of Democrats, according to Federal Elections Commission applications. The Republican groups spent more than twice as much as Democrats on television advertising, by the advertising tracking company Kantar / CMAG.
Trump’s visit to Mississippi on Monday night was also seen as a bid to gather the Republican base to vote in a election taking place two days after the Thanksgiving weekend.
For Democrats, the best case resembles how Democratic Sen. Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in Alabama a year ago: A narrow victory driven by massive dividends from black voters.
But Mississippi is somehow more challenging than Alabama. Moore alleged that he, as an adult, had sought sexual relations with teenage girls.
And the state is more rural than its eastern neighbor. Like Alabama, Mississippi has not voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Trump won the Mississippi by 18 percentage points in 2016.