The Latest: Trump urges Mississippi voters to bolster GOP

The Latest: Trump urges Mississippi voters to bolster GOP

Pfizer and AT&T among companies distancing themselves from Hyde-Smith

Hate signs also discovered a day before runoff between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, who is black

Read more Chuck McIntosh, a spokesman for the state department of finance and administration, which oversees the capitol, said the nooses and signs were found on Monday shortly before 8am, on the south side of the grounds.

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The matter was under investigation, he said, adding that he did not know what was on the signs. A local television station showed photos of the nooses hanging over tree limbs, and described the rest as hate signs.

Nooses Found Hanging Outside Mississippi State Capitol on Eve of Contentious Senate Runoff

Later on Monday, investigators said that the handwritten signs referred to the states history of lynchings and to the forthcoming election.

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The Senate runoff on Tuesday is between the Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, in a race that has increasingly taken on racial overtones.

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Video: Nooses, hate signs found at MS State Capitol

In a public comment earlier this month, Hyde-Smith referred enthusiastically to a public hanging, a remark which immediately caused controversy in a state where racially motivated lynchings were common. She has also been linked to Confederate imagery and favourable expressions about Confederate troops and leaders.

The backlash from Hyde-Smiths comments prompted companies like Walmart, Pfizer, and AT&T to withdraw their support for her campaign and request the return of their donations. The MLB announced that it would follow suit Monday morning, but the organizations explanation for the initial contribution has raised even more questions.

Espy would be the first African American senator from Mississippi since the Reconstruction era, after the civil war and the abolition of slavery.

As first reported by Judd Legum of Popular Information, the MLB made a $5,000 donation— the maximum contribution allowed under law — to Mississippi Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Cindy Hyde-Smith after she made a series of racially insensitive comments that prompted a public outcry.

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Drug companies and tech firms are among those withdrawing support and seeking to pull back campaign contributions from Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in the final hours of her Senate runoff as her public hanging comments reverberate.

(CNN)The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is looking for several suspects believed responsible for placing a pair of nooses and signs on the Mississippi state Capitol grounds Monday morning.

The sudden pullback from major corporations comes amid public pressure, even as President Trump heads to the state Monday to try to prevent the stunning upset that would come from the potential loss of a Senate seat in conservative Mississippi.

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Drug giant Pfizer is among the parade of firms who no longer want to be associated with Hyde-Smith, the appointed Republican senator who is in a runoff with Democrat Mike Espy.   

Ms Hyde-Smith, who is white, has drawn fire for a photo showing her wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video showing her praising a supporter by saying: If he invited me to a public hanging, Id be on the front row.

We condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms, the firm told the Washington Examiner. We are withdrawing our support and have requested a full refund of our contributions, Pfizer said.

Appointed Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has faced blowback from corporations for her public hanging comments

US officials claimed the teargas was only used against those who threw rocks at border patrol agents, but images depicting the use of gas on groups that included women and children sparked widespread backlash.

University of Mississippis first female Rhodes Scholar calls Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith a white supremacist

A spokesman for AT&T told the New York Daily News: We are no longer supporting Senator Hyde-Smith and have requested a refund of our campaign contributions.

As Hyde-Smith faces mounting backlash ahead of the Nov. 27 runoff, Democrats hope to flip another red seat blue in Mississippi in the last Senate race of the 2018 midterm election cycle. While Espy was initially considered a long-shot candidate, the Democratic Party is attempting to duplicate the results of last year's special election race in Alabama, when Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a stunning upset over Roy Moore — a controversial Republican candidate who was toppled by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

On Sunday, Major League Baseball, said it wanted its $5,000 contribution back. The contribution came in following Hyde-Smiths comments, but the organization said it had been from an earlier fundraiser.

The contribution was made in connection with an event that M.L.B. lobbyists were asked to attend, said an M.L.B. spokesman. M.L.B. has requested that the donation be returned.

Google denounces Senator Hyde-Smiths public hanging remark after donating to her campaign, but has yet to join companies like Walmart and AT&T asking for their donation to be returned

Others asking for their money back include Union Pacific railroad, Boston Scientific, Amgen, according to a list compiled by the Examiner.

President Donald Trump won Mississippi by almost 20 points, and will headline a couple of rallies for Ms Hyde-Smith. Recent polls show her holding a comfortable but not commanding lead. Some take the presidents presence as a sign that things may be worse for Ms Hyde-Smith than polls suggest—a Republican incumbent in a Republican state should not need a presidential appearance to boost her numbers, the thinking goes. But Mr Trump loves boasting, congratulating himself and mocking his rivals in front of thousands of people. With Robert Mueller, the special counsel, reportedly close to indicting more people, the markets wobbling and a raft of stories over the weekend detailing his musings about stealing Iraqs oil, one suspects Mr Trump needs the rally more than Miss Hyde-Smith does.

President Donald Trump defended Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith as he prepares to campaign for her in her run off election

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