Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returned a $2,700 donation from a businessman who was sued for discriminating against Muslims, her campaign said Monday.
The news comes ahead of next Tuesday’s runoff election against Democratic challenger Mike Espy. Peter Zieve, a Washington state aerospace entrepreneur whose company, Electroimpact, was accused of discriminatory practices, donated $2,700 to Hyde-Smith’s campaign on November 14.
“That donation was made online, and we have returned it,” Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said in an email on Monday.
Hyde-Smith faces Espy, an African American former congressman and agriculture secretary, in a runoff election on November 27.