Mississippi Senate runoff heats up in final hours before Election Day

Published: Nov. 26, 2018 at 4:45 PM EST
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On the eve of the election, President Donald Trump is headlining two big rallies for Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith. The GOP says they're taking nothing for granted in this deep red state. Washington Correspondent Alana Austin reports on the big match-up from Capitol Hill.

“She’s doing an exceptional job for Mississippi," said Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS).

Hyde-Smith - still fresh off an appointment from the Governor to fill Senator Thad Cochran’s seat - facing a tougher-than-expected political battle.

Republican Congressman Gregg Harper says he expects her to win, despite controversial comments in recent weeks, including a joke about attending a public hanging.

"She’s such a genuinely such a sincere and nice person and we all know that she meant nothing by that statement, even though the national media and her opponent are trying to turn it into something that it’s not," said Harper.

Hyde-Smith – who is running against Democrat Mike Espy – also finds herself in hot water for saying it’s not a bad idea to make it more difficult to vote.

She’s also facing criticism over photos that re-surfaced from years ago of her posing with a Confederate hat. Despite the controversy, incoming GOP Rep. Michael Guest says he supports Hyde-Smith.

“I know her to be a sincere person that really wants to work and serve all the people of the state of Mississippi," said Guest.

Democrats looking for a repeat of last year’s special election in neighboring red state Alabama, as the party flipped the seat, with large turnout from black voters opposing highly controversial GOP candidate, Roy Moore.

Now in Mississippi, Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Sabrina Singh says the party is organizing and work hard to turn out African American voters, the faith community and college students.

“We can’t let up and I think what we have shown this year is, if we don't let up we could certainly win," said Singh.

Real Clear Politics shows Hyde-Smith is favored to win this runoff on Tuesday. A Republican victory in the Magnolia state would mean a more comfortable majority for the G-O-P in a closely divided chamber.

The President will hold a MAGA rally in Tupelo at 4 p.m. Monday. He will also make his way to Biloxi to campaign for Hyde-Smith at 8 o’clock.

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