Mississippi senator incorrectly says she has Trump support

Cindy Hyde-Smith

A Republican appointee who's trying to hold onto a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi sent a fundraising appeal Tuesday saying she's supported by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 9:06 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican appointee who's trying to hold onto a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi sent a fundraising appeal Tuesday saying she's supported by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

But, Trump and Pence have not endorsed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith — or anyone else — in the special election.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed the former state agriculture commissioner to temporarily succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, 80, who retired April 1 because of health concerns. Five candidates are running in a November special election. The winner will complete the last two years of the term.

Republicans running for the U.S. House and Senate in Mississippi this year are trying to align themselves with Trump, who carried the state by a wide margin in 2016.

"Needless to say, this campaign will be like any other and I am going to need your help. I have the support of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, but the support I need most is YOURS," the Hyde-Smith fundraising email said.

Tanner Watson, campaign spokesman for Republican challenger Chris McDaniel, questioned that, saying: "Did we miss something?"

Hyde-Smith's campaign spokesman, Jordan Russell, said "the wrong draft" of the fundraising email was sent. He said it should have said Hyde-Smith believes Trump and Pence will support her.

"Ultimately, it was a mistake in the editing process," Russell said.

There are no party primaries for the special Senate election. The ballot will not list candidates by party, but those running generally tell voters their political affiliation.

The field of candidates is set at five after a Tuesday qualifying deadline for the special election. In addition to Hyde-Smith and McDaniel, three Democrats are running. They are former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton and former Gautier City Council member Tobey Bartee.

The election is Nov. 6 and a runoff, if needed, would be Nov. 27.

Republicans are trying to maintain their slim majority in the Senate. In addition to the special election, Mississippi has a regularly scheduled U.S. Senate race with Republican Sen. Roger Wicker facing one challenger in the primary. Five Democrats are competing in the primary for the regular Senate election. A Reform Party candidate and a Libertarian are also running. March 1 was the qualifying deadline for the regular election.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 319381

Reported Deaths: 7354
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22264265
Hinds20634421
Harrison18381316
Rankin13862282
Jackson13677248
Madison10234224
Lee10050176
Jones8458167
Forrest7821153
Lauderdale7257242
Lowndes6498149
Lamar633688
Lafayette6298120
Washington5418136
Bolivar4835133
Panola4663110
Oktibbeha466098
Pearl River4597146
Marshall4572105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc424973
Monroe4155135
Union415576
Neshoba4059179
Lincoln4007111
Hancock386087
Leflore3515125
Tate342386
Sunflower339391
Pike3366110
Alcorn324172
Scott319374
Yazoo314171
Itawamba305077
Adams304885
Copiah299766
Coahoma298383
Simpson298189
Tippah291568
Prentiss283561
Leake271774
Marion271280
Covington267083
Wayne264442
Grenada264087
George251951
Newton248563
Tishomingo231267
Winston229981
Jasper222148
Attala215073
Chickasaw210459
Holmes190374
Clay187554
Stone187433
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174032
Yalobusha167840
Smith164034
Walthall135247
Greene131833
Lawrence131024
Montgomery128643
Noxubee127934
Perry126638
Amite126142
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Tunica108027
Jefferson Davis107833
Claiborne103030
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96628
Franklin85023
Quitman81816
Choctaw79018
Wilkinson69332
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 547873

Reported Deaths: 11274
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson809141565
Mobile41984826
Madison35629523
Tuscaloosa26147458
Shelby25580254
Montgomery25075611
Baldwin21805313
Lee16248175
Calhoun14710325
Morgan14618285
Etowah14160362
Marshall12446230
Houston10757288
Elmore10292212
Limestone10179157
St. Clair10155250
Cullman9928200
Lauderdale9591248
DeKalb8963189
Talladega8455184
Walker7330280
Autauga7229113
Blount6937139
Jackson6905113
Colbert6406139
Coffee5622126
Dale4929114
Russell454541
Chilton4470116
Franklin430783
Covington4267122
Tallapoosa4127154
Escambia401180
Chambers3723123
Dallas3606156
Clarke352861
Marion3237106
Pike313978
Lawrence3124100
Winston283272
Bibb267664
Geneva257081
Marengo250665
Pickens236662
Barbour234559
Hale226678
Butler223771
Fayette217762
Henry193743
Cherokee187245
Randolph186944
Monroe179141
Washington170439
Macon162951
Clay160159
Crenshaw155157
Cleburne153144
Lamar146237
Lowndes142053
Wilcox127030
Bullock124242
Conecuh113230
Coosa111429
Perry108726
Sumter105732
Greene93434
Choctaw61725
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