Holo­caust de­nier loses bid

Still re­ceives more than 53,000 votes in Illi­nois race

The Jerusalem Post - - US MIDTERM ELECTIONS - • By ELYSSA CHERNEY

CHICAGO – A Holo­caust de­nier’s bid for Congress was de­feated on Tues­day, but not be­fore the neo-Nazi can­di­date re­ceived more than 53,000 votes in Illi­nois’ third Dis­trict.

As ex­pected, in­cum­bent US Rep. Dan Lip­in­ski cruised to vic­tory with just un­der 75% of the un­of­fi­cial vote tally in the Demo­cratic strong­hold that stretches from the city’s south­west side to its west and south sub­urbs. Arthur Jones, who ran on the Repub­li­can ticket dis­tanced fel­low Repub­li­cans with his grossly an­tisemitic and hate­ful dis­course.

With a lit­tle over 95% of precincts re­port­ing, Lip­in­ski re­ceived 149,749 votes com­pared with Arthur Jones’ 53,415. The re­sults may not in­clude all early vot­ing tal­lies.

Lip­in­ski is­sued a state­ment on Tues­day night but did not specif­i­cally men­tion his op­po­nent. Through­out the race, Lip­in­ski has con­demned Jones as a racist, a bigot and an an­ti­semite, but had also tried to limit speak­ing about him to avoid giv­ing his chal­lenger a plat­form to “spew his ha­tred.”

In a state­ment on Twit­ter, Lip­in­ski said, “Vot­ers want more of my com­mon sense lead­er­ship that pro­duces re­sults for the dis­trict and our coun­try. Peo­ple will al­ways have dis­agree­ments, but I be­lieve we all agree on mak­ing Amer­ica a bet­ter place to­day and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Jones, a 70-year-old from Lyons, had run for of­fice sev­eral times be­fore but never ad­vanced to the gen­eral elec­tion. He re­ceived 20,681 votes when he ran un­op­posed in the Repub­li­can pri­mary in March.

Jones has pre­vi­ously de­scribed him­self as a “white racial­ist,” or some­one who “knows the facts of race,” in an in­ter­view with the Chicago Tri­bune.

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