Major League Baseball donated $5,000 to MS senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

by Garry Watts November 28, 2018, 1:01
Major League Baseball donated $5,000 to MS senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

The final chapter of the 2018 midterms is nearing a close in MS, where the prevalent themes of President Donald Trump and race have combined for a much closer contest than anyone expected in one of the country's most deeply conservative states.

On Nov. 11, a video from a public event Nov. 2 surfaced showing Hyde-Smith joking alongside one of her longtime supporters that if he ever invited her to attend a public hanging, she'd sit in the front row.

The comment prompted outrage in a Deep South state scarred by a history of lynchings, and boosted support for Mike Espy, her Democratic challenger.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (L) stands on stage with President Donald Trump at a "Make America Great Again" rally at Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, in October. Defeat would leave the Republicans with only a... The victor of the runoff gets the final two years of a term he started.

The office of the commissioner of Major League Baseball PAC donated the legal maximum, $5,000, to U.S. Sen. It's the last U.S. Senate race to be decided in 2018 and will determine whether Republicans add to their slim majority.

Trump will be campaigning Monday for GOP Sen. She also supported a resolution as a state senator that praised a Confederate soldier's effort to "defend his homeland", and the Jackson Free Press reported Friday Hyde-Smith attended and graduated from a "segregation academy" set up so that white parents could avoid sending their children to an integrated school.

Blocks away in the eastern MS city, Democrat Mike Espy spoke to a mostly African-American crowd at a Masonic lodge. In the heavily Republican state, Hyde-Smith had always been seen as the prohibitive favorite in the race. Thad Cochran, who resigned in April because of health problems.

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A spokesperson for Hyde-Smith's campaign didn't respond to requests for comment on MLB's request.

Spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said the Hyde-Smith campaign had no comment about the Beauvoir photos.

"So, that's a Mississippi I want to be a part of, one of diversity, one of inclusion, one of different experiences ..."

"I am honored to have President Trump's endorsement", she said as the two appeared at a chilly outdoor rally at the airport in the northeastern city of Tupelo, best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. She has been campaigning in a runoff against Democrat Mike Espy on November 27.

For Espy, turnout is key.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982.

While Hyde-Smith has taken a brazenly conservative stance on most issues, Espy has also played up his willingness to work with conservatives, and hasn't promoted some of the more left-leaning policies of his party, such as open borders and Medicare for all. "She's a person that loves the people of MS, she loves the people of this country". She and her campaign have refused to talk about the Confederate hat and have called the school issue a personal attack on her family meant to draw attention away from issues. "MLB has requested that the contribution be returned".

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