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Tea Party leader in Mississipii scandal commits suicide

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Mark MayfieldMark Mayfield, a lawyer and Tea Party leader under indictment for his role in a break-in at the nursing home of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife, killed himself Friday morning.

The bizarre Republican Senate primary in Mississippi has taken yet another twist, this time for tragedy.

Less than three days after six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran pulled off a win in a runoff against Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, a bit player in the campaign has taken his own life.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that Mark Mayfield, a prominent Tea Party leader and McDaniel supporter who had been indicted in connection to the April break-in of Cochran's wife's nursing home, has killed himself. Mayfield, a respected lawyer, shot himself in the garage of his Ridgeland, Mississippi home. The county coroner refused to respond to requests for comment from The Daily Beast.

Mayfield's death marks a sad turn in a dramatic campaign that also featured McDaniel supporters locked in a county courthouse on election night as well as allegations of senility and connections to the Ku Klux Klan.

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