Trump sticks with old playbook in return to campaign trail

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The reports, from the Jackson Free Press, an independent newspaper in MS, and CNN, are the latest to bring up Mississippi's racist history ahead of a tense runoff election between Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, who is vying to become the state's first African-American in the Senate since the Reconstruction.

"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.

Hyde-Smith, a close ally of President Trump, is defending her MS senate seat against former Democratic Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy in a run-off election on Tuesday.

A Bay Area civil rights attorney is calling for a boycott of the San Francisco Giants after their principal owner Charles Johnson made donations to the campaign of a controversial U.S. Senate candidate in Mississippi.

That Hyde-Smith would be ahead shouldn't come as a surprise considering her alignment with President Donald Trump, who won the state by nearly 18 points.

Trump called her "a truly incredible leader and tireless champion" for Mississippi.

While the MLB front office has donated to many political candidates on both sides of the aisle during this past campaign - including Ted Cruz, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Flake and more - donating to a candidate who has fallen into hot water like Hyde-Smith can make for a weird look for the league as a whole.

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Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (left) received a $5,000 campaign donation from Major League Baseball.

"Democrats will also destroy your health care by inviting caravan after caravan after caravan" of immigrants into the country illegally, he claimed, warning they would wreak havoc and bankrupt the Treasury Department. The victor of Tuesday's runoff gets the final two years of a term he started.

In the November 6 primary election, Hyde-Smith received 41.5 percent of the vote, while Espy received 40.6 percent and Republican Chris McDaniel received 16.5.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are not going back", Espy told supporters, criticizing Hyde-Smith's apology for the hanging remarks. Thad Cochran in April, is now having to fight for her seat against a challenger who she defeated by little more than a percentage point earlier this month. She and her campaign have refused to talk about the Confederate hat. "That means that MS over party, MS over person - I don't care how powerful that person might be".

For Espy, turnout is key.

The president also touted Monday's rallies, adding Hyde-Smith "is an outstanding person who is strong on the Border, Crime, Military, our great Vets, Healthcare & the 2nd A. Needed in D.C". The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982.

Trump defended Hyde-Smith Monday. She supports Trump's tax cuts, and believes in eliminating "burdensome" federal regulations to aid businesses. Walmart, Pfizer, AT&T, Boston Scientific, Union Pacific, and Leidos also asked for Hyde-Smith to return campaign contributions.