Senate Runoff Race in Mississippi Reaches Final Day

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It’s three weeks after midterm elections, but Mississippi is holding a runoff election Tuesday for the final Senate seat up for grabs.

President Trump is backing the Republican candidate.

It’s between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, both hope to fill the final two years of retired Senator Thad Cochran’s term.

Even with presidential backing, Hyde-Smith is under fire for remarks caught on camera.

Video from earlier this month shows her alongside a supporter joking that if he ever invited her to attend a public hanging, she’d sit in the front row.

This election is drawing attention to the state’ history of racial violence.

Less than 24 hours ago, several nooses were found hanging from trees with signs saying times have not changed.

If Espy wins the race, he’d be the first black Senator from Mississippi since the 1800s and his win would not shift the balance in the Senate.