Three people associated with the Chris McDaniel campaign were “found locked inside” a courthouse where votes were being counted in one of the last counties to vote in Mississippi’s GOP Senate primary Tuesday night. The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department isn’t too persuaded by their explanation for being there.
The three, one of whom is a high-ranking staffer for the McDaniel campaign, were discovered at 4 a.m. the night of the election. They claimed they had been let in by uniformed officers to observe the vote counting.
Not so, said Sheriff spokesman Othor Cain, who said the Sheriff’s department only provides security for the courthouse during business hours. “It’s a fabrication that someone pointed them to a door,” Cain. “I think that’s a total misrepresentation of fact. None of our guys let anybody in.”
The staffers’ shifting stories has prompted an investigation. “It’s important to note that Janis Lane’s story and the other officials’ stories continue to change through the investigation,” Cain said. “They changed within five minutes, which caused us to be even more deliberate and determined to find out what was going on.”
McDaniel’s campaign is also implicated in a break-in to opponent Thad Cochran’s wife’s nursing home, where a blogger took her picture. McDaniel fell short of the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff Tuesday.
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