7 nooses found by Mississippi Capitol before Senate runoff

Nooses found outside Mississippi legislature day before Senate vote

Two nooses were found hanging from trees at the state Capitol on Monday.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says the nooses were accompanied by handwritten signs referring to Tuesday's election as well as to lynchings - majority in the state's turbulent past, but also one recent case that remains under investigation, of a black man whose body was found hanging in central Mississippi.

The troubling discovery comes the day before a runoff election between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy is set to take place.

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be in the front row", Hyde-Smith said in reference to one of her supporters. The comment was met with swift backlash - especially given Mississippi's history of violent public hangings of black people - and Hyde-Smith has since apologized.

It was not immediately known who put the nooses up or why.

MS is preparing for a Tuesday Senate runoff between Republican Sen.

Director of communications for the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, Chuck McIntosh, told the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger that someone called the WLBT news station between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Monday morning and told them to report to the south lawn of the Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi.

"I always considered that a great compliment", he said.

Espy is African-American. "If we find evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that a federal crime has occurred, these criminals will be swiftly prosecuted".

They say the case is now under investigation.

Comments made by Hyde-Smith have resulted in multiple companies withdrawing support; Steve Doocy reacts. "It's given our state another black eye that we don't need".

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