JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party became trapped in a courthouse hours after officials had stopped counting votes in a Republican Senate primary.
The tea party official, Janis Lane, supports the candidate who is trying to unseat six-term Sen. Thad Cochran. Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel are headed to a runoff.
Hinds County Republican Chairman Pete Perry says Lane called him at 2 a.m. Wednesday, saying she and a friend were locked inside the courthouse and needed help getting out. Perry says Lane told him they had gone there to see how the election process works, entering through an unsecured door that locked behind them.
The Hinds County sheriff's spokesman, Othor Cain, says ballots were locked up at the time.
Lane did not return calls for comment.