President Trump, Hyde Smith, Mississippi discussed on Jim Bohannon
Trump going all into protect the seat in the magnolia state stumping for Hyde Smith on the eve of the election Cindy's far left opponent as far left. Oh, he's out there. Democrats. No. It's an uphill battle for Espy's. I'm Kristen Holmes reporting and so forth. It would appear to be just that uphill battle. A fifty six to forty four percent lead for Hyde. Smith, the incumbent Republican with a little over sixty percent of the vote counted so far this evening, and let's take a look at just what we're talking about here in terms of impact as we're joined by. Julia Manchester, a reporter for the hill dot com. Julia good evening. Thanks for having me. Absolutely. The numbers that I just read again, it's not over. And we don't know where he those precincts are reporting from but nonetheless, those roughly conform to the approximately ten point lead that had been heights. Hi Smith for much of the race. So it would appear at this juncture, I would think that those comments she made may not be playing that larger role. Right. Jim. You know, we've been watching this race for a while now. And I think those comments have certainly made negative headlines for Hyde Smith in the media and garnered her some unwanted attention. However, I would say that Mississippi is still deeply red state. You have President Trump as well as governor Phil Bryant there, you are extremely popular with voters in those are Republicans figures really gone out to campaign for high meth. So she has that going in our favor. In terms of her controversial comments. I would like to remind viewers that Mississippi is still a deeply. I guess has a lot of a lot of controversial southern history. It is wake you know. This is a this is the status state has confederate and blood and its flack they've had a high about lynching. You know in the nineteenth century earlier early twentieth country, so very dark racial pass. And I think there are many Mississippi who are still grappling with it. However, I would say that her remarks, you know, I guess, you know, I would question if it in another state should be able to get away with it. However in Mississippi, it seems that Republican voters are more concerned with I guess her policy stances versus the controversial remarks made. Yeah. And I don't know to be the comet struck me as a remarkably insensitive, but not I would suggest a indicative of what she would actually do my guests that neither she nor door. Most anybody in two thousand eighteen would really stand in line to to watch a public hanging. Yeah. I mean, I think they were. I think we spoke with some Republican strategists who said, you know, this is they said, we certainly don't welcome be these comments. They're awful. However, there are worse things. She could have said, you know, we go back to the Alabama Senate race last year with ROY Moore in was certainly a very much uphill battle for Republicans. They actually ended up that the red state democrat Senator Doug Jones. However, I would say that you know, it's interesting to compare the Mississippi run off as well that special election in Alabama because it was actually another candidate who I would say Republicans in mainstream establishment Republicans, including the governor were concerned about and that was Chris McDaniel he was supposed to be potential I as a potential candidate for this by President Trump was even favor with him. However, I think a lot of Republicans were saying. Hi method their sheet, more sabotage. So I think a lot of Republicans were actually very shocked by her comments. And we're concerned to a certain point about the, however a lot of them that there are worse things. She could have said. Would I guess there are worse? They she could have said, it's unfortunate. If we are in fact, using that as the litmus test of how effective. That she may be Mike Espy. Of course is no stranger to Mississippi politics, backed I suppose before Hyde Smith was appointed to fill out the remainder of Thad Cochran term, or at least until the the the election for the final two years that he was probably much better note in Mississippi, but a congressman and if I'm not mistaken, he was Bill Clinton's agricultural secretary. Right. Right. And it's so, you know, going back to President Trump's comments yesterday him saying that Mike Espy doesn't belong in Mississippi and trying to paint him as a spotter laughed lasted Kona and President Trump has done the other democratic candidates across the country to try to make them paid them as extreme leftist candidates. However, Mike Espy has actually crossed party lines to work with Republicans would say, you know, even though it looks like Highsmith is going to come out on top. And all of the fact that this race is this close such a deep red state actually says that he does have a lot of clout in the state. So he's very much well known in the state, I think ultimately, it's a deep red state and hide set will come out on top. But you know, I think the progress we're seeing with the Democratic Party in the south. We saw the Stacey Abrams and Georgia Andrew Golota in Florida. You know, it's indicative of what I would say also Baidoa working. Texas, although these candidates loss that he gets indicative of what direction the south is going in in a political sense in certainly. In terms of of the the spectrum of the Democratic Party, especially given what direction the south is going in political sense in certainly. In terms of of the the spectrum of the Democratic Party, especially given some of the genuinely far left people who are now elected officials. We sure about about a little over two thirds of the vote counted now and still Cindy Hyde Smith the incumbent Republican by virtue of her appointment to the still hanging onto roughly fifty six to forty four percent margin. We are speaking with the Julia Manchester reporter for the hill dot com, you've mentioned Alabama. And I have heard this as a rumor, and I will pass it along as a rumor and pass it along to somebody who might be in a position to provide either some backup or to shoot it down. I have heard the rumor the Jeff Sessions might be interested in going back to Alabama and getting his old Senate seat back. Have you heard that? No, we have heard some rumblings of that. You know? It'll be interesting to see how that plays out. Jeff Sessions is very much was, you know, before he joined the Trump administration as a Senator he was very much. Well, liked within the Republican party within conservative circles. And I would say that among establishment establishment Republicans you so very much. Well, like, however among Trump's base, you know, which is very prominent in states like Alabama. I would be curious to see how that essentially plays out. You know, I don't think the average Republican voter outside of Washington DC and out so I guess outside of our coastal bubble. Sara Lee cares that much about the Mueller investigation. And I don't think they care as much about the palace. Intrigue stories we often hear associated with the molar probe. However, I think President Trump has repeatedly l'ambassade Jeff Sessions on Twitter. And in rallies and interviews, and we saw that in the twenty sixteen presidential campaign wants the president really puts out label on drives it home is based us seemed to turn we saw with Ted Cruz. Marco rubio. So you know, I would be curious to see how that goes in terms of a political stance in Alabama. Also, I if just did try to launch some kind of a political comeback in Alabama. I highly doubt he would have the support of the president the president was deeply deeply offended and felt betrayed when Jeff Sessions recused himself for the bowler investigation. And this is the president that very much value loyalty. So I doubt that the president would that Jeff Sessions would get essentially his party leadership court in that regard. It was thought indeed. Of course, it was sessions initial loyalty as the first member of the Republican establishment to endorse a Trump's candidacy. That first attracted him to Donald Trump, and you knew what he became the first US Senator to endorse Trump the candidate that it was almost a given that sessions would be offered his pick of a cabinet position. And so is it turned out to be as for the molar prob-? I suspected a lot of people myself included would put a lot more faith in the murder probe of ever actually finds anything after nearly two years of looking around and finally mostly peripheral things and today nothing even remotely suggest quote, Trump campaign collusion with the Russians come back and take a look at where this will leave the congress. In fact, both congresses the the lame duck congress and the new congress, which is coming up. We're talking with. Julia Manchester reporter for the hill dot com, which of course, covers the nation's capital that only Capitol Hill, but all that happens within the beltway. And so far tonight again with a little over two thirds of the vote counted, it is about an eleven point lead for incumbent repub-. Cindy, Hyde Smith in the seat that is the final.