He was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden and three Democrats who are potential 2020 presidential candidates - former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey - travelled to MS to campaign for him. Swennumson was always planning to vote for Espy, but felt more certain about her decision after Hyde-Smith's "public hanging" comment.
Major League Baseball donated to her campaign on November 12 or 13, sources told Yahoo Sports, which would pinpoint the donation to a day or more after she made the hanging remarks. Roger Wicker, as well as South Carolina Republican Sen. "This state is more polarized than Alabama was", said Joe Trippi, Espy's campaign strategist, who also filled that position for Jones.
The senator's comment evoked the lynching of African Americans in a state whose past is rife with racial violence. But Espy won just 15 percent of white voters on Election Day, while the two Republicans in the race won a combined 84 percent of white voters. "This is all going to be turnout. But I think it's actually on the cusp of being really competitive and I'd be stunned if Espy were to win". The question is: "will hers?" Trump had praised the Republican candidate on Sunday and called her an "outstanding person".
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A spokesman for Pressley said she arrived in MS on Saturday and flew to Washington on Monday morning. "This election's about judges, jobs, borders, protecting opportunities for our children".
The vote tightened after Ms Hyde-Smith was recorded telling a supporter she would happily attend a public hanging.
In a television ad, Espy's campaign urged voters to reject a candidate it argues would give MS a bad image. "We need someone that will respect lynched victims", reads another sign, McIntosh said.
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Hyde-Smith was appointed to replace former Sen. "She's a Republican, I guess", said Jerry Smith, a grandfather and longtime MS resident. "The Roy Moore case was exceptional and had all these continuing allegations of sexual impropriety".
He said it would be "unfair" to make any connection between the items and Hyde-Smith. Cindy Hyde-Smith to refund its $5,000 campaign contribution in light of controversy surrounding racially insensitive remarks the Mississippi Republican made earlier this month.
She faces Mike Espy, a black Democrat, in a runoff election Tuesday. The former congressman was agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton.
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Two nooses and hate signs were removed from the Mississippi State Capitol Monday morning. "This is the number one issue at the ballot box on Tuesday", he added.