Opponent of Pence’s brother alleges racist threats, gunfire

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In this Friday, June 19, 2020, photo Jeannine Lee Lake, Democratic candidate for Indiana's 6th congressional district, speaks during an interview following a Juneteenth day event in Columbus, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

In this Friday, June 19, 2020, photo Jeannine Lee Lake, Democratic candidate for Indiana’s 6th congressional district, speaks during an interview following a Juneteenth day event in Columbus, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Black woman running for Congress in Indiana against Vice President Mike Pence’s brother says she has received numerous racist and threatening messages and thinks she heard gunfire before a campaign event.

Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake faces long odds against Republican Rep. Greg Pence in the GOP-dominated 6th District.

Lake told police she had just parked at a Muncie bistro when she heard what she believes were three gunshots outside the driver’s side window.

Lake said she began receiving racist phone messages and damage to personal property late this summer after the Delaware County GOP published her personal address and contact information in a Facebook post.

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