Race Roils Final Senate Contest of 2018 Midterms in Mississippi

28 November, 2018, 03:25 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Nooses found at Mississippi state Capitol one day before special election

Two nooses and several hate signs were found hanging at the Mississippi State Capitol Monday around 7:15 a.m.

"We are hanging nooses to remind people that times have not changed", reads one of the signs, according to the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, which oversees the Capitol Police.

MS is preparing for a US Senate run-off on Tuesday between Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy in a contest that has increasingly taken on racial overtones.

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row", Hyde-Smith joked with a supporter in a video earlier this month shared on Twitter.

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Donald Trump praised Ms Hyde-Smith as he headed to Mississippi to lead two rallies for the senator.

Espy denied the charge and said, "We all know what came out of your mouth".

Hyde-Smith could use the president's help after being criticized for weeks for her comments that alluded to the state's history of slavery and racism as well as making voting harder for students at some universities. An election victory would see Espy become the first African-American U.S. senator from MS since Reconstruction.

"I know her, and I know she apologised, and she misspoke", the Republican president told reporters on his way to the southern state.

MS - which still has the Confederate battle emblem on its state flag - has a history of racially motivated lynchings. Thad Cochran who stepped down for health reasons, are in the runoff because neither garnered a majority vote in the November 6 first election.

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"Tuesday Nov 27th thousands of Mississippians will vote for a senator".

On judges, immigration, taxes and trade, Ms. Hyde-Smith would back his agenda while Mr.

A MS official says two nooses and six signs were found on the grounds of the MS state Capitol.

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy attends an event in Jackson, Miss., Feb. 23, 2018. His campaign spokesman, Danny Blanton, said Hyde-Smith's "toxic comments are scaring away the kind of investments our state needs to move forward" and costing MS jobs.

The imagery was first obtained by a WLBT reporter, who received a call in the morning about the nooses and then notified Capitol Police.

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"Let me be perfectly clear - there is absolutely no place in our state for these unacceptable symbols or tactics to intimidate others", Hurst said".

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