Republican voters rally behind Hyde-Smith despite reservations
Republican voters in Mississippi may not be happy with Hyde-Smith's candidacy, but they unite behind her to become the GOP candidate in the race.
"She's Republican, I suppose," said Jerry Smith, a grandfather and long-time resident of Mississippi, explaining why he had voted for Hyde-Smith. He was not deterred by the backlash of his racist comments about his desire to participate in a "public hanging".
"I think that was exaggerated," Smith told a simmering plate of Chinese food at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi. "But I sometimes wonder what are the two least perverse – which of the two is the least perverse.I vote for Smith.I just think it is the least tiny of the two evils."
Betty Lechman, a 50-year-old resident of the Biloxi area, told Kathryn Watson of CBS News that she would vote for Hyde-Smith because she was Republican.
"But as I said, neither one nor the other, I would like to have someone else to vote in. But that will not happen. not, "added Lechman. "All the mud-slinging I do not like mud-slinging and both do that."
Her friend, Marion Cranmer, also a long-time resident of Mississippi, agreed.
"There was too much mud," said Cranmer, frustrated. "Sometimes you wonder what you hear from her if it's not true, but it kind of puts you on the fence, I do not like either."
On Monday, Cranmer was not sure if she would vote. But, "if you do not vote for her, it's a vote for him," she added.
Dianne Swennumson, a supporter of Espy, said she was not confident about the chances of the Democratic candidate. She and her husband have supported Republicans in the past, but say that they are outraged by Mr. Trump's rhetoric and behavior. Swennumson still intended to vote for Espy, but was more sure of his decision after Hyde-Smith's comment on "public suspension."
"I think he's lucky but I think it's Mississippi," Swennumson said. "I would like us to be like Alabama who has enough with Roy Moore, you know, I really did not think it was going to happen, but it was, and it could be . "
"I would be totally shocked if Espy wins," added Swennumson.
Report by Kathryn Watson