Nooses were found swinging from the trees outside the Mississippi state capitol Monday just a day before the runoff senatorial elections are scheduled to take place.
Half a dozen signs dotted the governmental grounds screaming the words, "We are hanging nooses to remind people that times have not changed," State communications director Chuck McIntosh confirmed.
The incident is currently under investigation, the official said, however, the demonstration is believed to refer to the state's history of racism and lynchings.
McIntosh said, “Tuesday, Nov 27th thousands of Mississippians will vote for a senator. We need someone that will respect lynched victims.”
Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith will be up against Democratic Representative Mike Epsy, who hopes to be the state’s first African American senator since the post-civil war era.
President Donald Trump was expected to hold two rallies ahead of Tuesday’s election in support Hyde-Smith, describing the candidate on Twitter as a politician “respected by all. We need her in Washington.”
The right-wing candidate fell into controversy earlier this month after openly supporting the Confederacy and joking about attending a “public hanging.” Despite the later tirade of denials from Hyde-Smith, Epsy denounced the off-color comment as “another black eye" for racial issues in Mississippi.
"No one twisted your comments. They came out of your mouth. I don't know what's in your heart — but we all know what came out of your mouth...It's caused our state harm. It's given our state another black eye that we don't need," he said.