Ayanna Pressley travels to MS to campaign for Democrat Mike Espy

Ayanna Pressley travels to MS to campaign for Democrat Mike Espy

"But if we win tomorrow, we'll be at 53-47", Trump said in Tupelo, Mississippi, at the first rally on Monday.

Thad Cochran's six-year term. "She's a Republican, I guess", said Jerry Smith, a grandfather and longtime MS resident.

Earlier Monday, as he was leaving for MS, the president said Hyde-Smith "felt very badly" about the reaction to her remarks. The comment has become a major talking point in the lead-up to the state's special election on November 27, where Hyde-Smith faces Democrat challenger Mike Espy - a former secretary of agriculture and congressman who in 1986 became the first African-American to represent MS at the federal level since Reconstruction - in one of the closest senatorial races in the state in recent memory.

But Republicans CBS News spoke with were much more likely to be there to support the president than Hyde-Smith, although some acknowledged that her winning will help his agenda.

President Donald Trump is set to hit the campaign trail just weeks after the 2018 midterms elections.

Hyde-Smith, who initially refused to apologise for the hanging remark, said last week she was sorry "for anyone that was offended" and accused Espy of twisting her words for political gain.

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He painted Democrat Mr Espy as a far-left ideologue who would "rather protect illegal aliens than people who live in Mississippi", and questioned how he "fit in with Mississippi".

"I've never heard a negative ad, I've never heard a positive ad", she said of him.

Hyde-Smith has campaigned as an unwavering supporter of President Donald Trump, who campaigned with her on Monday, praising her at a rally in the northeastern MS city of Tupelo for voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

"Don't pay attention to the polls, my race had me down by 13 points and we won by 17", she said.

"So insensitive. So insensitive", she said at a McDonald's in Biloxi. "I was going to vote for Mike Espy anyway". He has said the comment perpetuated negative stereotypes about MS and hurt investment. "I wish we could be like Alabama who had enough with Roy Moore, you know".

"I'll be totally shocked if Espy wins", she added.