Trump tweets support of Mississippi senator ahead of runoff

Trump tweets support of Mississippi senator ahead of runoff
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith talks to supporters in in Jackson, Mississippi, on Nov. 6, 2018.Chris Todd / EPA file

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Donald Trump has tweeted support for U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a day before he plans to campaign with the fellow Republican in Mississippi ahead of her runoff against a Democrat.

Trump tweeted Sunday that Hyde-Smith "is an outstanding person who is strong on the Border, Crime, Military ... Needed in D.C." The two are to appear together Monday in the northeastern city of Tupelo and later Monday at a Gulf Coast rally in Biloxi.

Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress under a temporary Senate appointment since April. She’s up against Democratic former Congressman Mike Espy, a former U.S. agriculture secretary vying to become the first black senator from the state since Reconstruction.

Tuesday's winner gets the final two years of a six-year term.

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