Democrat’s path to victory in Mississippi: Black turnout

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The special election for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Mississippi wasn’t supposed to be competitive.

But hopeful Democrats are eyeing a narrow path to victory by driving up African-American turnout. That’s after Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith stirred outrage by telling a supporter she’d attend a “public hanging” if he asked.

Civil rights groups are trying to push black voters to the polls, although they don’t explicitly support Espy.

The election is Tuesday. The post-Thanksgiving date could depress voting, and Republicans also are focused on getting out the vote. President Donald Trump will travel to Mississippi on Monday to attend rallies for Hyde-Smith.

VoteCast showed about a third of Mississippi voters were African-American and that Espy won support from about 80 percent of them.

Votecast is a nationwide survey of voters conducted by The Associated Press.

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