Major League Baseball donated to Hyde-Smith's campaign as favor to McConnell

But they say the race has tightened - and after what happened in Alabama previous year, they're on edge.

In that race, Hyde-Smith took 41 percent of the vote, Espy took 40 percent, and Tea Party favorite and conservative Republican State Senator Chris McDaniel took 16 percent.

Henry Barbour, the Republican National Committee committeeman and a longtime MS operative, said base voters in both parties are energized, but gave a slight edge to Espy's supporters.

Hyde-Smith gave birth to her and her husband's only child, Anna Michael, at 39 years old.

"I think Espy supporters are probably a little more energized than Hyde-Smith", Barbour said.

"I've known her for a period of time now as senator", Trump told reporters Monday afternoon.

MS last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982, but Espy was trying for the same kind of long-shot win that fellow Democrat Doug Jones had almost a year ago in neighbouring Alabama, another conservative state.

Republicans are sending the full force of the party to MS to prevent that scenario - starting with Donald Trump. McDaniel's supporters were expected either to vote for Hyde-Smith or sit out the election, but not vote for Espy, an African-American Democrat.

As Trump praised Hyde-Smith at two high-profile rallies in different parts of the state, her opponent, Democrat Mike Espy spoke at a predominantly African-American church and described his campaign as an effort to reach across the "chasm of racial division".

Tech giant Google is on the long list of firms caught donating to a MS senator who has praised the Confederacy, expressed excitement at the prospect of attending a public hanging, and has been called a white supremacist.

Several of her comments were made just before the November 6 vote but not widely publicized until afterwards. The Mississippi lawmaker has since said her comment was made in jest and denied any racial connotation.

"Congratulations to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on your big WIN in the Great State of Mississippi".

Still, White House officials have long expressed unease about Hyde Smith and worry that she wasn't ready for prime time.

Hyde-Smith was in her second term as Mississippi's elected agriculture commissioner when Republican Gov. Phil Bryant chose her to temporarily succeed longtime Republican Sen. More than a week after the video's release, she said she apologized to "anyone that was offended by my comments", but also said the remark was used as a "weapon" against her. "There's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools that maybe we don't want to vote", she said.

"So insensitive. So insensitive", she said at a McDonald's in Biloxi. He has also bragged about campaigning for 10 GOP candidates, saying he helped nine of them win.

"But like I said, neither one of them, I wish I had somebody else to vote for".

Democrat Mike Espy is a ground floor member of the Clinton crime and corruption family. They are in a runoff because no candidate eclipsed 50 percent.

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row", Hyde-Smith is heard saying in the video. "We need someone who respects the live of lynch victims", one sign reads.

Major League Baseball has wrapped itself into a political controversy after requesting Sen. And sure enough, Tuesday's runoff election isn't on everyone's radar here. "But if we win it's going to be the same thing" - by a very small margin.


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