Major League Baseball requests return of $5,000 donation to Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

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The school was established in 1970; Hyde-Smith entered in 1975 as a high school sophomore and graduated in 1977. "I have stood up for you and you know I will continue to stand up for the conservative values of MS".

Welchlin says efforts are continuing in the runoff to mobilize voters with the issues of increased wages, expanded health care and more aid with child care. Hyde-Smith served as a state senator from 2000 to 2012.

The historic contest features Hyde-Smith, who would be the first woman elected to Congress from MS, against Espy, who's vying to become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction. Nathan Shrader, a political scientist at Millsaps College in Jackson, said some Republicans may not vote for Hyde-Smith because while praising a cattle rancher at a November 2 campaign event in Tupelo, she remarked, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row". There's typically a large decrease in ballots cast between the first election and a runoff.

Major League Baseball came under fire over the weekend when word surfaced that the organization donated to the campaign of Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, but officials say they have asked that the contribution be returned.

Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan responded to the report about Hyde-Smith's high school attendance by saying: "In their latest attempt to help Mike Espy, the gotcha liberal media has taken leave of their senses".

Cindy Hyde-Smith is once again under fire for a race-related issue, after the Jackson Free Press in MS reported Friday that she graduated from a high school segregation academy. And they foreshadow the messaging dissonance that could mark the next two years of his presidency as he faces a divided Congress - a Republican-majority Senate and a Democrat-controlled House - after two years of across-the-board Republican power.

For her part, Hyde-Smith eventually apologized but said her remark was an exaggeration and was being "twisted". The victor of Tuesday's runoff gets the final two years of a term he started.

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MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings and violence against people who sought voting rights for black citizens.

"I have met with the president, and I proudly support him in negotiating these trades", she said.

Yearbook photos from Lawrence Academy, which is now closed, show Hyde was a cheerleader for a team that had a rebel mascot who carried a Confederate battle flag.

"I am honored to have President Trump's endorsement", she said as the two appeared at a chilly outdoor rally at the airport in the northeastern city of Tupelo, best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. In the center, the mascot, dressed in what appears to be an outfit created to mimic that of a Confederate general, offers a salute as she holds up a large Confederate flag.

Democratic Senate candidate Mike Espy met with a jubilant crowd in Meridian Sunday afternoon.

President Trump announced that he will be traveling to MS on Monday to endorse Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith.

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