Hyde-Smith can be facing off against Democratic challenger Mike Espy in a run-off election on Nov. 27.
Hyde-Smith’s tendency to put her foot in her mouth has made the Senate race a competitive one despite Mississippi’s status as an otherwise solidly dependable Republican-voting state.
The brand-new York Times reported Tuesday which a private Republican poll had found which Hyde-Smith holds just a 5-percentage point lead over Espy, a former U.S. Agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton along with three-term representative by Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.
Her campaign did not return a request for comment by CNBC on Tuesday after Politico reported on the Confderate-themed photo.
Hyde-Smith had donned the rebel cap during a visit to the Biloxi, Mississippi, home of the president of the Confederate States of America, in August 2014. At the time, Hyde-Smith was serving as agriculture along with commerce commissioner of the state.
“I enjoyed my tour of Beauvoir. The Jefferson Davis Home along with Presidential Library located in Biloxi,” Hyde-Smith wrote.
“This specific can be a must see. Currently on display are artifacts connected to the daily life of the Confederate Soldier including weapons. Mississippi history at its best!”
which history includes Mississippi’s succession by the United States, along with its war against the Union Army.
Mississippi was the second state to secede by the U.S. — in whose Senate Hyde-Smith currently serves — in January 1861.
At the time which seceded, a majority of the residents of Mississippi were black slaves. Hyde-Smith’s challenger, Espy, can be black.
Espy, if elected, would likely be the first black senator by Mississippi since Reconstruction, the period after the Civil War which ended with the defeat of the Confederacy. The two will face off in a debate Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Mississippi’s declaration of secession said, “Our position can be thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the entire world.”
The declaration cited the risk of the abolition of slavery, along with also blasted the idea of “negro equality.”
After Mississippi along with the different seceding states were defeated by the Union Army in 1865, the state like others inside the Deep South for nearly a century harshly repressed the emancipated black population, denying them basic rights, including voting.
According to the report “Lynching in America,” the state of Mississippi had 654 lynchings, or extradjudicial killings, of African-Americans by 1877 to 1950, which was both the highest tally of any single state inside the United States, along with also was the highest rate of lynchings in terms of overall population.
On Nov. 2, Hyde-Smith, while attending a campaign stop in Tupelo, referred to a local rancher standing next to her, along with said which if he “invited me to a public hanging I’d be on the front row.”
Also, on Monday, Hyde-Smith said which her campaign had returned a $2,700 donation by Peter Zieve, a businessman in Seattle, who was sued by the state of Washington in 2017 for refusing to hire Muslims at his aerospace company Electroimpact, along with for expressing “hatred” of Muslims at work.
Another video recently surfaced in which Hyde-Smith was heard saying, “Maybe we want to make which just a little more difficult” for some people to vote.
“along with I think which’s a great idea.”