Trump to rally for GOP’s Senate candidate in Mississippi

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018 photograph, President Donald Trump stands in the shadows while U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., encourages the crowd at a rally in Southaven, Miss. Hyde-Smith is running for the final two years of the term of former Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired last year and faces three opponents in this non-partisan race, including Mike Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is heading to Mississippi for two rallies to try to keep a Senate seat in Republican hands.

Trump will be campaigning Monday for GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is in a runoff Tuesday against Democrat Mike Espy. The former congressman was agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Espy is trying to become the first African-American to represent Mississippi in the Senate since Reconstruction.

Trump plans to speak Monday afternoon at a rally in Tupelo and then that night at a rally in Biloxi.

Trump returned Sunday evening from Florida, where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago club. He visited his nearby golf course all five days he spent in Florida, and he took time to talk to troops stationed abroad on Thanksgiving Day.

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