Major League Baseball asks senator to return donation following controversial comment

Minnie Murray
November 28, 2018

"I have stood up for you and you know I will continue to stand up for the conservative values of MS". More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested and that number could increase, the state secretary of state's office said on Saturday.

On Friday, the Jackson Free Press reported that Hyde-Smith attended a private high school that was founded in 1970 so that white parents could avoid attempts to integrate schools by sending their children to schools without black students. President Donald Trump will travel to MS on Monday to attend two rallies for Hyde-Smith, and Mississippi's Republican establishment is trying to push her to victory.

According to Politico, on November 11, Hyde-Smith appeared in a video on social media, saying that if a supporter invited her to a public hanging, she'd sit in the front row. There's typically a decrease in ballots cast between the first election and a runoff.

The events came after President Donald Trump again tweeted support for Hyde-Smith, calling her an "outstanding person" the day before he planned to campaign with her.

Major League Baseball is requesting a return of a $5,000 donation to a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate following her controversial comments and actions ahead of Tuesday's runoff election. Still, strategists believe Hyde-Smith is poised to win given Mississippi's historically conservative leanings: It has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982 and Trump received 58 percent of the state's vote during the 2016 presidential election.

Hyde-Smith's campaign called the school issue a personal attack on her family meant to draw attention away from real issues. MS last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982.


Cindy Hyde-Smith, the embattled GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in MS, is in hot water again.

The victor Tuesday finishes the final two years of a term started by Republican Sen. The measure, which was unearthed by CNN's KFile during a review of Hyde-Smith's legislative history, is the latest in a series of issues that have surfaced during her campaign, many of which have evoked Mississippi's dark history of racism and slavery.

The last two years of the Senate term begun by the now-retired Thad Cochran hangs in the balance Tuesday as voters decide between Republican U.S. Sen.

Hyde-Smith has established herself as an inveterate supporter of the president. Rebel, and a photo of the cheerleading squad shows a girl dressed up in a Confederate costume and waving the stars and bars flag. She had previously served as Mississippi's Agriculture Commissioner. Hyde-Smith apologized for the "hanging" comments during a debate earlier this week and dubbed the voting suppression comments a "joke".

On immigration, Trump defended the US response to the border clash on Sunday, when USA agents fired tear gas at migrants, some of whom had attempted to climb through fencing and wire separating the countries. It's the last U.S. Senate race to be decided in 2018 and will determine whether Republicans add to their slim majority.

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