Holocaust denier loses bid
Still receives more than 53,000 votes in Illinois race
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.