Within Hours of Donald Trumps closing speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland . White Supremacist and Former leader of the Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced in Baton Rouge Louisiana he was running for the U.S Senate in a seat being vacated by Republican Senator David Vitter. Today, the man who refers to himself as a racial realists says his time has come.
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All time are as of Friday, July 22,2016 EST
The Latest on former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s announcement that he will run for U.S. Senate (all times local):
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who beat David Duke during a contentious 1991 gubernatorial race, says he was surprised to hear that Duke is now running for Senate.
Edwards told The Associated Press that Duke faces a “hard row to hoe” in the upcoming election but said there might be a “niche” for him.
He said that niche might involve capitalizing on racial unrest.
Edwards noted that unlike some other candidates in the crowded field, Duke already has plenty of statewide name recognition.
Duke signed up Friday to run for a seat being vacated by Republican David Vitter.
Both Edwards and Duke are convicted felons, with Edwards convicted of corruption and Duke of bilking supporters. Edwards’ reputation for scandal and Duke’s racial beliefs were central to the 1991 race.
White supremacist David Duke says he believes “my time has come” after he signed up for Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race.
Duke said Friday he has espoused principles for years that are similar to the themes Republicans are embracing now in the candidacy of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, on issues such as immigration and trade.
He says the majority of Americans “are embracing the core issues I have fought for my entire life.”
In a lengthy speech, Duke said the recent slayings of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge were among the catalysts for his Senate bid. He said he wanted to expose racism against “European Americans,” and said the media is biased against him because he was a Ku Klux Klan leader four decades ago.
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has officially signed up to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana.
Duke registered Friday, the final day of Louisiana’s qualifying period. A registered Republican, he is seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter.
Duke’s candidacy comes as Louisiana is grappling with deep racial tensions after the shooting death of a black man by white police officers and the killing of three law enforcement officers by a black man.