Major League Baseball asks senator to return donation following controversial comment

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Trump won 58 percent of the state's vote in 2016, and Hyde-Smith has tied herself closely to his presidency. The caption identifies a sophomore student as Cindy Hyde. Further digging into Hyde-Smith's past has revealed a photo of her wearing a Confederate military-style hat in 2014 along with questions about the white private school she attended in the 1970s. Joni Ernst, Hyde-Smith spoke to Republican stalwarts at a Meridian museum Sunday afternoon.

In recent weeks, Hyde-Smith was criticized for a joke where she said she'd gladly attend a "public hanging" and be in the "front row". There's typically a decrease in ballots cast between the first election and a runoff.

With all but one midterm election decided, national attention has turned to the U.S. Senate runoff race in MS between incumbent Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger Mike Espy.

The senate race is the final one of the midterms and if Hyde-Smith wins, she will become the first woman elected to Congress in Mississippi.

A video shot on 3 November showed Hyde-Smith talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote.

Given how political donations work - you have to write a check to the campaign committee by name - there is no reasonable way to read this other than (a) MLB's lobbyists happily cut the check to Hyde-Smith not giving a rip about Hyde-Smith's controversial comments; and (b) the moment this hit the news they realized how big a deal it was to people and are now scrambling to control the damage.

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Espy is seeking an upset victory in a deep red state after Democrat Doug Jones edged Republican Roy Moore in a December 2017 special election to fill former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate seat. Thad Cochran, who resigned in April amid health concerns. Many have taken the remark to be inappropriate due to Mississippi's history of racial violence.

For her part, Hyde-Smith eventually apologized but said her remark was an exaggeration and was being "twisted".

Tuesday's victor will finish the final two years of the term begun by Republican Sen. The Washington Post reported that in 2001, Hyde-Smith introduced a bill as a state senator to rename a stretch of highway to what it had been called in the 1930s: the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, after the president of the Confederacy. Rebel, and a photo of the cheerleading squad shows a girl dressed up in a Confederate costume and waving the stars and bars flag. It's the last U.S. Senate race to be decided in 2018 and will determine whether Republicans add to their slim majority.

Over weekend, Major League Baseball created a firestorm of controversy for itself when it made a $5,000 donation - the maximum donation allowed under the law - to MS senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

"I guess you could juxtapose my experience with her experience", Espy told The Associated Press between his campaign appearances Saturday in Jackson.

Democrat Mike Espy responds to a statement from his opponent, appointed U.S. Sen.

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