Trump sticks with old playbook in return to campaign trail

GettySenator Cindy Hyde-Smith

GettySenator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Even though the results of the 2018 midterm elections have been widely decided, CNN reported President Trump suggested that a win for Democratic candidate Mike Espy would "revoke" Republican wins.

In between orientation sessions for incoming members of Congress, Representative-elect Ayanna Pressley took some time over the weekend to travel to MS to stump for Mike Espy, a fellow Democrat facing an appointed Republican incumbent for one of the state's two US Senate seats.

She also urged voters to disregard polls showing Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith leading by as many as 10 percentage points, pointing to her upset primary win against outgoing Representative Michael Capuano.

Those comments aren't the only ones that have raised questions about Hyde-Smith and race relations.

It's unclear where Smith went to college, if he went at all.

Trump called her "a truly incredible leader and tireless champion" for Mississippi.

He also ignored General Motors announcing it intends to stop production of several models of automobiles in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland, instead claiming "many" companies are "negotiating to come back in".

"She stood up to the Democrat smear machine", Trump said. My husband and I decided that I would quit my job, have a baby and run for the state Senate.

Since the controversy, Hyde-Smith has stayed out of the spotlight and refused to elaborate on her comments or apology.

"I think the media hyped it up as much as they could", said King, who said he voted for Hyde-Smith.

In addition to his work on his cattle farm, Smith works as a Deacon and Sunday School director for their church. They said, 'Put this cap on.

In the aftermath of the video, Republicans anxious they could face a repeat of last year's special election in Alabama, in which a flawed Republican candidate handed Democrats a reliable GOP Senate seat in the Deep South. She said it was "an exaggerated expression of regard".

Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of Trump, who campaigned with her in Tupelo and Gulfport.

Joe Trippi, a consultant working with Espy's campaign, said the Democrat is probably losing by low single digits in the closing days of the race.

After Republican Senator Thad Cochran resigned in April, a special election for Mississippi's US Senate seat began.

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.

Trump's mission will be to rally the faithful toward Hyde-Smith, who has faced campaign setbacks after her comments this month about a "public hanging" seemed to allude to Mississippi's tortured history of lynching of African Americans. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive MS runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction. Tuesday's victor will serve the last two years of Cochran's six-year term. Asked about it in a recent debate, Hyde-Smith said she would "certainly apologize" to anyone who was offended, but then pivoted to an attack on her opponent. She was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the senate seat after Cochran retired. "Because I was not guilty", Espy told the Associated Press in October.

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