Two nooses and several hate signs were found hanging at the Mississippi State Capitol on Monday morning, reports WLBT, the local NBC affiliate in Jackson, MS.
The TV station reports that State Capitol police removed the nooses and signs and have launched an investigation into the incident.
— WLBT 3 On Your Side (@WLBT) November 26, 2018
Authorities say they are currently reviewing surveillance video from the Capitol grounds to identify a suspect.
The incident comes less than 24 hours before polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 as Mississippi voters cast their ballots to choose a U.S. Senator.
Voters will be choosing between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Phil Bryant following the retirement of Thad Cochran, and Democrat Mike Espy, a former Congressman and Secretary of Agriculture.
Hyde-Smith’s recent comments about attending a “public hanging,” along with a series of other controversies, have led to critical media coverage and several companies publicly disavowing the candidate.