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The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says the nooses were accompanied by handwritten signs referring to Tuesday's election as well as to lynchings - a lot of them in the state's turbulent past, but also one recent case that remains under investigation, of a black man whose body was found hanging in central Mississippi.

Cory Booker (D-NJ), both potential 2020 presidential candidates, have visited MS during the runoff election to campaign on behalf of Espy.

"We can't afford a senator who embarrasses us and reinforces the stereotypes we've worked so hard to overcome", one ad for the Democrat said.

In one, she's heard saying she'd be "on the front row" if invited by a supporter to a public hanging. "She's not the sure thing she was a few weeks ago", said Nathan Shrader, a political science professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, the state's biggest city.

Hyde-Smith's runoff election against Espy, a former congressman and US agriculture secretary, has been far closer than expected thanks to a series of racial controversies, including a photo that emerged of Hyde-Smith wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video in which she said she'd be "on the front row" if invited to a public hanging.

Donald Trump praised Ms Hyde-Smith as he headed to Mississippi to lead two rallies for the senator. Tuesday's election will determine whether Hyde-Smith or Espy will serve the remainder of Cochran's term, which ends in 2020.

Despite Hyde-Smith's comments on "public hangings", and other ties to an allegedly racist past, her chances of winning another term as a U.S. Senator representing the state of MS are promising. She said the "public hanging" comment was "an exaggerated expression of regard" for a fellow cattle rancher.

State and federal investigators are trying to find out who hung seven nooses in trees outside the Mississippi Capitol early Monday, a day before a U.S. Senate runoff that has focused attention on the state's history of racist violence.

At the first of two Election Eve rallies President Trump encouraged the crowd in Tupelo to "get out" and vote in Tuesday's runoff election.

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MS voters are deciding a racially charged Senate election that has dredged up the Deep South state's ugly past. One of the signs says MS needs a senator "who respects the lives of lynch victims".

"Well, I know her and I know she apologized, and she misspoke", Trump told reporters on Moday at the White House, according to Politico.

The win makes Hyde-Smith, 59, the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi.

Hyde-Smith and Espy are runoff-bound because no candidate gained a majority in the November 6 election, when far-right Republican Chris McDaniel gained 16 percent of the vote.

"This comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me", Hyde-Smith said.

Espy, who is an attorney, said: "I found out later that this guy, the president, was a really bad guy".

Hyde-Smith remains a narrow favourite to win.

Such donations have come under fire due to Hyde-Smith's recent comments and actions making jokes out of lynchings and glorifying Confederate history.

Hyde-Smith was in her second term as Mississippi's elected agriculture commissioner when Republican Governor Phil Bryant chose her to temporarily succeed longtime Republican Senator Thad Cochran, who retired in April amid health concerns. "I wish we could be like Alabama who had enough with Roy Moore, you know".


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