Trump endorses Hyde-Smith in Mississippi Senate race

Trump endorses Hyde-Smith in Mississippi Senate race
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE endorsed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) on Thursday in a competitive Mississippi Senate special election.

A former Democrat, Hyde-Smith's conservative credentials have been questioned by her opponents during the campaign. 

Hyde-Smith “has helped me put America First!” Trump tweeted out. “She’s strong on the wall, is helping me create Jobs, loves our Vets and fights for our conservative judges.”

The president also touted Hyde-Smith’s voting record, tweeting that she “has voted for our Agenda in the Senate 100% of the time and has my complete and total Endorsement.”

Hyde-Smith, who was appointed by the governor in April to fill a vacant seat, is in a tight race against state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) and former Rep. Mike Espy (D) to fill former Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBottom Line Races Dems narrowly lost show party needs to return to Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy Espy files to run for Senate in 2020, setting up possible rematch with Hyde-Smith MORE's seat. Cochran resigned in March due to health issues.

Trump in 2014 endorsed McDaniel in a previous race, according to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, and the two Republicans were vying for his endorsement in the current race.

"I could not be more honored to have your endorsement," Hyde-Smith tweeted in response to Trump.