Donald Trump throws his weight behind race-row senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Yearbook cheerleader pic allegedly shows GOP Sen. Hyde Smith at 70s high school segregation academy

Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith is shown at her desk in her office in July 2018

Hyde-Smith faces Democrat Mike Espy in a special election on Tuesday, and the challenger's campaign sought to spotlight the refund request by baseball officials.

The Popular Information report also stated Charles B. Johnson, the co-owner of the Giants, recently donated $2,700, the legal maximum to Hyde-Smith; and his wife, Ann, also contributed the maximum to her campaign.

Of course, children can't control where their parents send them to school, but Hyde-Smith apparently didn't learn from her parents' mistakes.

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to fill retiring Republican Sen. Espy is trying to boost their turnout and pick up support from white voters who are uneasy with Trump or the racially tinged stories about Hyde-Smith. She's up against Democratic former U.S. Rep. Mike Espy, a former U.S. agriculture secretary vying to become the first black senator from the state since Reconstruction.

About a third of MS voters were African-American in the four-way race on Election Day, and Espy won support from about 80 percent of them, compared to about 20 percent of white voters, according to VoteCast, a wide-ranging survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press. Thad Cochran, who retired in April.

Espy, 64, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993 and as U.S. agriculture secretary in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1994. Further digging into Hyde-Smith's past has revealed a photo of her wearing a Confederate military-style hat in 2014 along with questions about the white private school she attended in the 1970s.

MLB, which made the donation Friday, three weeks after her comment, request Sunday that she return the money.

Hyde-Smith was recorded telling supporters in Tupelo earlier this month that she'd be "on the front row" if one of her supporters there "invited me to a public hanging" - a phrase her campaign called an "exaggerated expression of regard". Her comment had nothing to do with race-related lynchings, she said. Respected by all. We need her in Washington!.

Hyde-Smith has made some controversial comments during her campaign, including making a reference to a "public hanging".

The newspaper published a photograph from the 1975 edition of the Lawrence County Academy yearbook that allegedly shows Hyde-Smith with a group of cheerleaders and a mascot with a Confederate flag. Hyde-Smith posted the photos of herself at Beauvoir in Facebook at the time with the caption: "Mississippi history at its best!"

Lawrence County Academy was established in 1970, one year after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered MS to desegregate its schools.

Trump defended Hyde-Smith Monday. Segregation was not openly acknowledged at the school, she said. He also told supporters he began the debate with a blank notepad and she had notes on hers before it started. The league "has requested that the contribution be returned", the spokesperson said.

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