Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski won re-election in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, defeating Arthur Jones, his Republican opponent who is a Holocaust denier with ties to neo-Nazism.
The Associated Press reported Jones received 56,350 votes, (26.5%) despite a coalition of religious and political leaders that urged voters not to support him.
Jones, a 70-year-old from Lyons, had run for office several times before but never advanced to the general election. Jones earned 20,681 votes when he ran unopposed in the Republican primary in March.
Jones calls the Holocaust “the biggest, blackest lie in history.” He said he’s a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now leads a group open to “any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent.”
Jones’ campaign website, titled “Holocaust?” calls Elie Wiesel as a “skillful liar,” cites a 1993 Associated Press poll that talks about 34% of Americans who question that the mass extermination of 6 million Jews happened and describes the Confederate flag as “a symbol of White pride and White resistance.”
(Nat Golden – YWN)