Google has joined several major organisations requesting refunds of campaign donations sent to Cindy Hyde-Smith whose controversial racial comments have called backlash approaching a crucial run-off election for a Senate seat in Mississippi.
As voters throng to the polls to cast their ballots in the final senatorial election of the 2018 midterms, Google established it had demanded a $5,000 refund for a donation the tech giant had formerly sent to the senator’s re-election campaign.
The company’s withdrawal of support for Ms Hyde-Smith come amid constant outcry over the senator’s comments from a campaign event earlier this month, where she said one of her supporters, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be in the front row.”
A representative told Time Magazine When asked whether Google had resolved to request a refund for its campaign donations “We can confirm this is accurate.”
Ms Hyde-Smith’s comments and history concerning racial relations has turned one of the central focuses to the race, which was once seen as a surefire victory for the Republican Party.
The senator reportedly went to an all-white high school and has in the past celebrated the Confederacy, donning pieces to a Confederate soldier’s uniform in photos uploaded to Facebook that subsequently went viral.
Google’s demand follows similar request from Major League Baseball and Walmart, which affirmed it was “withdrawing our support and requesting a refund of all campaign donations.”
Mississippi’s secretary of agriculture and the Democratic opponent contesting with Ms Hyde-Smith, Mike Espy, describes the withdrawals of support from major companies for the Republican incumbent as a sign that she “can’t be trusted to work with the businesses.”
Mr Espy’s campaign communications director, Danny Blanton in a statement said “Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comments have embarrassed Mississippi,” “and shown why she can’t be trusted to work with the businesses Mississippi needs to grow good paying jobs”.
in addition he said, ”We’re confident that voters will follow Walmart’s lead and dump Cindy Hyde-Smith before she has the power to do real damage to our economy.“
The latest polls indicates that Mr Espy tracking behind Ms Hyde-Smith, who served as Mississippi’s senator since April.