State officials said the nooses were accompanied by handwritten signs mentioning lynchings and Tuesday's special Senate runoff, which has drawn attention to Mississippi's history of racially motivated violence. But they say the race has tightened - and after what happened in Alabama previous year, they're on edge. Swennumson was always planning to vote for Espy, but felt more certain about her decision after Hyde-Smith's "public hanging" comment.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith heads to the Senate Policy luncheon in the Capitol, June 26, 2018. Cory Booker (D-NJ), both potential 2020 presidential candidates, have visited MS during the runoff election to campaign on behalf of Espy.
"It's exhausting to be a Republican and have a woman like this on TV", McCain said angrily.
Hyde-Smith was seen in another video talking about making voting hard for "liberal folks", and a photo circulated of her wearing a replica Confederate military hat during a 2014 visit to Beauvoir, a beach-side museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, that was the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
MS last elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1982, but Espy was trying for the same kind of longshot win that fellow Democrat Doug Jones had almost a year ago in neighboring Alabama, another conservative Deep South state where Republicans hold most statewide offices.
Republicans are sending the full force of the party to MS to prevent that scenario - starting with Donald Trump. Mr. Trump held a festive, Christmas-themed rally for Hyde-Smith in Biloxi Monday night, and a rally earlier that day for her in Tupelo, 300 miles to the north.
The election became more competitive after a video emerged earlier this month of Ms Hyde-Smith telling a supporter: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row".
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He also ignored General Motors announcing it intends to stop production of several models of automobiles in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland, instead claiming "many" companies are "negotiating to come back in". They say surveys have consistently shown her with a lead ranging from the mid-single digits to the low double digits.
A lack of public polling has contributed to uncertainty about the race.
Hyde-Smith, who was appointed in April to fill retired Republican Sen.
Hyde-Smith remains a narrow favourite to win.
"This comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me", Hyde-Smith said. "A win's a win", the Republican said.
She said the hanging remark was an "exaggerated expression of regard" for the supporter, but the remarks drew sharp criticism in a state with a 38 per cent black population. "She is a bad candidate".
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Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan condemned the nooses by saying, "Obviously, this behavior is offensive and has no place in a civilized society". But they say the appearances will provide a spark to their voters, too.
Moore's political standing was undermined by a series of media reports alleging predatory conduct against teenage girls more than 30 years ago, when he was a local prosecutor in his late 30s.
"She stood up to the Democrat smear machine", Trump said.
On 6 November, both Ms Hyde-Smith and Mr Espy received about 41% of the vote. They are in a runoff because no candidate eclipsed 50 percent.
McCain also had no patience for Hyde Smith's comments about public hangings and voter suppression. "We need someone who respects lives of lynching victims", one sign read.
Hyde-Smith's campaign hammered Espy for his $750,000 lobbying contract in 2011 with the Cocoa and Coffee Board of the Ivory Coast.
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