MS voters are deciding a racially charged Senate election that has dredged up the Deep South state's ugly past. 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. Cindy Hyde-Smith's campaign to return thousands in donations stemming from her "public hanging" comments.
Nevertheless she is expected to win in the staunchly Republican state.
"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row", Hyde-Smith said, referring to a supporter, during a campaign stop in Tupelo on November 2.
The comments triggered a political firestorm in a state that has a history of racism and lynchings and was a flashpoint in America's civil rights struggle.
Trump's Republican base is fiercely opposed to illegal immigration, and addressing the issue at his rallies in Tupelo at 4:15 pm (2115 GMT) and then Biloxi is a sure way to fire up conservative voters hours before Mississippi's runoff.
And the Jackson Free Press reported over the weekend that Hyde-Smith had attended an all-white private school - one of many founded after the Supreme Court ordered schools to desegregate as a way to get around the high court's mandate to integrate public schools.
Donald Trump praised Ms Hyde-Smith as he headed to Mississippi to lead two rallies for the senator.
But there have been other revelations about Hyde-Smith's past. A separate video showed her talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote.
The president said she has apologised and misspoke, adding that her comments were "taken a certain way but she certainly didn't mean it". "She's a Republican, I guess", said Jerry Smith, a grandfather and longtime MS resident.
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On Monday, several nooses were found at the MS capitol in Jackson in an apparent protest against the tone of the election. In one ad, a narrator says, "We can't afford a senator who embarrasses us and reinforces the stereotypes we've worked so hard to overcome". We urge all our CHQ friends and readers in MS to heed President Trump's warning: Don't take anything for granted, be sure to vote for Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in today's Senate run-off. "The fact that she toured Jefferson Davis's house - you or I could have done the same thing". He complained that the media has focused too much on the GOP losses in the House and not enough on the party's performance in the Senate.
Trippi advised Jones during his improbable win in Alabama a year ago, and emphasized that Jones won by only 23,000 votes despite facing a historically bad opponent who motivated Democratic voters and depressed GOP turnout.
The US president appeared with Hyde-Smith, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who appointed her to the Senate seat, and Senator Lindsey Graham of SC.
Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan later condemned the nooses by saying: 'Obviously, this behavior is offensive and has no place in a civilized society'. About 38 percent of the state's residents are black.
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Why is the election still ongoing?
With the MS election undecided, Republicans hold 52 of the 100 Senate seats. The runoff has drawn attention to the state's history of racist violence.
Polls close at 8 p.m. ET.
If Hyde-Smith prevails, Republicans will have added a net of two seats to their Senate majority come January by defeating Democratic incumbents in Florida, Missouri, Indiana and North Dakota, but losing GOP-held seats in Arizona and Nevada.