As Donald Trump prepares to travel to MS for two rallies ahead of Tuesday's runoff Senate election, the Republican candidate has come under new pressure over reports of involvement with Confederate imagery and history.
The Popular Information report also stated Charles B. Johnson, the co-owner of the Giants, recently donated $2,700, the legal maximum to Hyde-Smith; and his wife, Ann, also contributed the maximum to her campaign.
Tuesday's victor will finish the final two years of the term begun by Republican Sen.
That Hyde-Smith would be ahead shouldn't come as a surprise considering her alignment with President Donald Trump, who won the state by nearly 18 points.
Trump had defended her comments by saying they were "said in jest", adding "she is a tremendous woman and it is a shame that she has to go through this".
Thad Cochran, which made her the first woman to represent MS in the U.S. Senate. Trump won 58 percent of the state's vote in 2016, and Hyde-Smith has tied herself closely to his presidency.
Spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said the Hyde-Smith campaign had no comment about the Beauvoir photos. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a special election runoff.
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Hyde-Smith has been at the center of controversy for making a recent joke about public hanging. "We need to come out tomorrow in such numbers, such strength, marching to the polls like it's a holiday", he said.
Trump heads to MS on Monday to campaign for Hyde-Smith - his second trip to the state on the senator's behalf since October. Even on trade and tariffs, where Trump's decisions could hurt MS farmers, Hyde-Smith praised the president.
"Cindy Hyde-Smith will support President Trump's agenda, and President Trump's agenda includes a better America for all of us, every state, including MS", said Virginia Olander from Bay St. Louis.
She then noted "this comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me".
She also appeared to voice support for voter suppression at a campaign stop earlier this month, telling constituents "maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult" to vote due to the "liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don't want to vote".
In talking about the economy, Espy's campaign website says he promotes worker training and building infrastructure to support business, such as statewide broadband.
"I also think it's curious that this resolution - which ostensibly is about honoring the "daughter" - really seems to be an excuse to glorify the Confederate cause", Silber said. More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested, and that number could increase as final numbers are tabulated.
Tuesday's runoff election will conclude the 2018 midterms. The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982. The above-linked article (read it in full) notes that her official bio "conspicuously" omits mention of her high school years.