Ayanna Pressley travels to Mississippi to campaign for Democrat Mike Espy
In between orientation sessions for incoming members of Congress, Representative-elect Ayanna Pressley took some time over the weekend to travel to Mississippi to stump for Mike Espy, a fellow Democrat facing an appointed Republican incumbent for one of the state’s two US Senate seats.
Pressley participated in campaign events and posted a video on social media in support of Espy.
“I came all the way from Boston to campaign for my friend, Mike Espy,” Pressley said in the video, urging voters to turn out to the polls.
She also urged voters to disregard polls showing Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith leading by as many as 10 percentage points, pointing to her upset primary win against outgoing Representative Michael Capuano.
“Don’t pay attention to the polls, my race had me down by 13 points and we won by 17,” she said.
After no candidate in the four-way US Senate race won a majority of votes on Election Day, the contest went to a run-off between Espy and Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to fill Senator Thad Cochran’s seat after his health declined.
Democrats are hoping to pull off an Alabama-style upset in the state after a series of missteps from Hyde-Smith.
She has recently come under controversy for remarks she made referencing “public hangings,” and for once supporting a resolution aimed at praising a Confederate solder’s effort to “defend his homeland.”
A spokesman for Pressley said she arrived in Mississippi on Saturday and flew to Washington on Monday morning.
President Trump plans to hold two rallies in Mississippi on Monday in support of Hyde-Smith.