Hyde-Smith, a close ally of President Trump, is defending her MS senate seat against former Democratic Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy in a run-off election on Tuesday.
Cindy Hyde-Smith is once again under fire for a race-related issue, after the Jackson Free Press in MS reported Friday that she graduated from a high school segregation academy.
President Donald Trump tweeted support Sunday for U.S. Sen.
In recent days, Hyde-Smith has been asked to explain why she attended a private, nearly all-white school, dozens of which sprang up across the South to counter court-ordered school desegregation in the 1970s. The candidates are vying to replace longtime Republican Sen.
Hyde-Smith and Espy debated Tuesday night. She's up against Democratic former Congressman Mike Espy, a former US agriculture secretary vying to become the first black senator from the state since Reconstruction.
Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent MS in Congress under a temporary Senate appointment since April. Thad Cochran, who stepped down for health reasons. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick - have been to MS to campaign for the former congressman who served as agriculture secretary in 1993 and 1994 under Democratic President Bill Clinton.
It's the last U.S. Senate race to be decided in 2018 and will determine whether Republicans pad their slim majority. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, attended a white private school founded in 1970, the year many MS public high schools integrated.
Hyde-Smith may well need the president's support.
This isn't the first time the league has made financial contributions to Hyde-Smith.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith recently drew criticism for remarks condoning public hangings and the Confederacy. MS hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982.
She also appeared to voice support for voter suppression at a campaign stop earlier this month, telling constituents "maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult" to vote due to the "liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don't want to vote".
Hyde-Smith has apologized to "anyone that was offended" by the hanging comment, saying she meant no ill will. He said he knows "where her heart is and her heart is good".
The 2007 resolution wasn't the only legislation Hyde-Smith backed that would elevate Mississippi's Confederate history.
"I also recognize that this comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me", she said. The league "has requested that the contribution be returned", the spokesperson said.