JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Mississippi voters are deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican Senate appointee backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House.
History will be made either way: Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, 59, would be the first woman ever elected to Congress from Mississippi, and Democrat Mike Espy, 64, would be the states first African-American U.S. senator since Reconstruction.
Mississippis past of racist violence became a dominant theme after a video showed Hyde-Smith praising a supporter in early November by saying, If he invited me to a public hanging, Id be on the front row. She said it was an exaggerated expression of regard. More than a week after the videos release, she said she apologized to anyone that was offended by my comments, but also said the remark was used as a weapon against her.
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