Major League Baseball follows San Francisco Giants owner's lead, makes controversial political donation

Posted November 28, 2018

The MLB has requested that its donation to Mississippi Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith be returned, as the senator faces a runoff election Tuesday against Democrat Mike Espy.

"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 Republican, is will run-off against Democrat Mike Espy on Tuesday for her senate seat.

Scallan said the Hyde-Smith campaign had no comment about the Beauvoir photos.

Of course, children can't control where their parents send them to school, but Hyde-Smith apparently didn't learn from her parents' mistakes.

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She is up against Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and USA agriculture secretary who is seeking to become Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction.

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. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, attended a white private school founded in 1970, the year many MS public high schools integrated.

Democrats also have used some star power.

Hyde-Smith's remarks have prompted several organizations - including Major League Baseball and Walmart - to withdraw their financial support.

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. The victor will finish the final two years of a term started by GOP Sen. His campaign has focused more on issues such as social justice, health care and raising wages.

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Hyde-Smith was appointed as a temporary successor to longtime Republican senator Thad Cochran, who retired in April.

"If we win tomorrow, we'll be at 53-47 which is substantially more than we had", Trump said. Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Espy, and three Democrats who could run for president in 2020 - Sens.

Espy, 64, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993 and as U.S. agriculture secretary in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1994.

For Espy, turnout is key. "She's a person that loves the people of MS, she loves the people of this country". In the center, the mascot, dressed in what appears to be an outfit created to mimic that of a Confederate general, offers a salute as she holds up a large Confederate flag. The same progressive blogger who published the video later published one in which she told a small group at Mississippi State University that suppressing the votes of students at other colleges was "a great thing". The state last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982. He said he knows "where her heart is and her heart is good".

Hyde-Smith is a proponent of a stronger border and has supported Trump's wall.

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"MLB has requested that the contribution be returned, "ESPN reported".