Veteran U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi narrowly defeated challenger Chris McDaniel on Tuesday in a high-profile runoff election that pitted the Republican party's old guard against its anti-establishment Tea Party movement.
The top staffer for state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R-MS) campaign who was part of the trio of McDaniel supporters that went to the Hinds County courthouse on election night wrote earlier in the night that the election would come down to Hinds County.
A Mississippi sheriff's department is investigating why three people, including a tea party officer and two others representing the challenger in a Senate primary, were found locked in the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson, Miss., hours after election officials had closed the building and gone home from counting votes early Wednesday morning.
A Mississippi tea party official with close ties to U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel apparently ended up inside a locked and empty county courthouse late Tuesday night after primary election results had come in. Hinds County Republican executive chairman Pete Perry told TPM that he received a phone call around 2:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday from Janis Lane, president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party, who said she was locked inside the Hinds County courthouse. That would be where the circuit clerk and election commission offices, and the primary election ballots, are located.
Two more arrests have been made in connection with the photographing of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) wife, Rose, who is patient in a Madison County nursing home. Mark Mayfield, a member of the board of directors for the Central Mississippi Tea Party, was arrested Thursday, according to the Clarion Ledger of Mississippi.
Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign on Sunday released a voicemail of primary challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel's campaign manager calling the Cochran campaign about the arrest of a pro-McDaniel blogger.