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Noose found hanging on TX campaign sign

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jan 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-06 18:21:50-05

AUSTIN, TX (KXAN/CNN) - The Williamson County Sheriff's Office in Texas is investigating after a noose was found hanging on a campaign sign.

Congressional candidate Dr. Christine Mann said that it's given her even more motivation to win.

Mann, who is running for the Democratic nomination, has been in full-on campaign mode.

“There's something almost every day,” Mann said.

Now that desire to win is even stronger.

"You know, I've had people disagree with my politics, my policies but no one has ever done anything this big or this hateful,” Mann said.

Property owners in Leander found a rope with a hangman’s noose Thursday on the large sign they wanted put up at the corner of County Road 270 and Baker Lane.

A rope with a hangman's noose.

“This is a hate crime. This is not something to take lightly, it's a threat,” Mann said.

The primary care doctor has no idea who would leave such a symbol but has her theories on the motivation.

“One is that I am a woman running for a high office in the area. My campaign manager is an African American woman, so there could be an element there. And, the property owners are a lesbian couple,” Mann explained.

She says the couple was adamant about keeping it up, and she's not backing down either.

“We are going to move forward and we are going to stand up for what we think is right,” Mann said.

Her first run at a political office - off to an interesting start.

Mann has three Democratic challengers for the primary: MJ Hegar, Richard Lester and Mike Clark.

Republican John Carter currently holds the seat.

He has one primary challenger: Mike Sweeney.

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