President Trump, Hyde Smith, Mississippi discussed on Jim Bohannon
Be. President Trump going all in to 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 tied 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 are 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 those precincts are reporting from. But nonetheless, those roughly conform to the approximately ten point lead that had been a 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 a deeply red state, you President Trump as well as governor Phil Bryant there who are extremely popular with boaters, and those are Republican figures have really gone out to campaign for high method. So she has that going in her favor. Her controversial comments. I would like to remind viewers got is still a deeply. I guess has a lot of his through a lot of controversial southern history. Eight it's wake, you know. This is a this is the state has the confederate and blood, and it's why they had a high about a lynching. Know in the nineteenth century earlier early twentieth century, so very dark racial past. 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 other states, you would 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 me the comments Kruk 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 that they said, we certainly don't welcome be these comments. They're awful. However, there are worst thing. She could have said, you know, we go back to the Alabama Senate race last year with ROY Moore in was certainly another a very much uphill battle for Republicans. They actually ended up. Red state democrat Senator Doug Jones. However, I would say that, you know, it's interesting to compare the Mississippi run as well as that special election in Alabama because it was actually another candidate who I would say Republicans in mainstream Republicans, including the governor were concerned about and that was Chris McDaniel he was supposed to be a potential I as a potential candidate for the spot and President Trump was even favor with him. However, I think a lot of Republicans were saying, we'll put high method there sheet, more sabotage. So I think a lot of Republicans were actually very shocked by her comments were concerned to a certain point about them. However, a lot of them said there are worse things. She could have said. It would I guess there are Worsely. She could have said, it's unfortunate. If we are in fact, using that as the litmus test of how effective the candidate. She may be Mike Espy, of course, is no stranger to Mississippi politics. In fact, I suppose before Hyde Smith was appointed to the lot 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 known in Mississippi had been a congressman 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 far left opponent. And President Trump has done the right to other democratic candidates across the country to try to make them paint them as extreme leftist candidates. However, Mike Espy has actually crossed party lines to work with Republicans. I would say, you know, even though it looks like high Smith is going to come out on top. And all of this the fact that he this race is this close such a deep red state actually says that he does have a lot of clout in the city. So he's very much. Well, now in the state, I think ultimately, it's a deep red stay in high school 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 addictive of what I would say also Baidoa work in Texas. All voted candidates lost. I think it's indicative of what direction the south is going in in a political sense into certainly in 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 from the Democratic Party in that spectrum. You wouldn't put my guess be at the the left side of that spectrum certainly by Mississippi State. Standards. His views are are not similar to those. That are have to my knowledge ever won a statewide race in the state, but Dickerson him far left by the Democratic Party. Not really, no. In fact, I think he would have probably had some difficulty in the in the democratic caucus Eddy. In fact, managed to pull out this election victory, which as we speak is not over to be 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 this seat. Still hanging onto roughly fifty six to forty four percent margin. We're speaking with Julia, Manchester reporter for the hill dot com. You 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? We have heard some rumblings of that. You know, it'll be interesting to see how that plays out Jeff Sessions very much know before he joined the Trump administration as a Senator he was very much well liked within the Republican party and within conservative circles, and I would say that among establishment Republicans. He's still very much. Well, liked 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 outside outside of our coastal bubble. That's Sara Lee cares that much about the molar 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 in interviews. And we saw that in the twenty sixteen presidential campaign wants the president really puts out label on you. And 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 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 valued loyalty. So I doubt that the president would that Jeff Sessions would get essentially his party leadership court in that regard. It it was thought. Indeed. Of course, it was sessions initial loyalty as the first member of the Republican establishment to endorse Trump's candidacy. That first attracted him to Donald Trump, and you knew when 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 as it turned out to be as for the for the Muller prob-, I suspected a lot of people myself included would put a lot more faith in the Muller probe of every actually finds anything after nearly two years of looking around and finally mostly peripheral things and today nothing that would 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 two years.