Jackson, Mississippi - GOP Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith, facing a runoff election next week with Democratic challenger Mike Espy in Mississippi, walked back her recent comments that suppression of liberal voting was a "great idea", now saying that her comments were "just a joke". A few days later, polls showed a 10 point drop in her support among Republicans in the state.
She previously had stated in early November that "there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools that maybe we don't want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that's a great idea".
Immediately after those original comments, her poll numbers among likely Republican voters in Mississippi had surged to above 98%. "This is a seriously good proposal, we need to reduce the influence of intolerant libtards at universities", said one voter earlier this month.
GOP voters seemed genuinely disappointed, though, after finding out she was "only kidding", according to pollsters in the state.