Illinois GOP Primary Winner: GOP 'Messed Up Big Time'

Holocaust denier Arthur Jones ran unopposed, is now Third Congressional District candidate
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
Updated Mar 21, 2018 6:52 AM CDT
Illinois GOP Primary Winner: GOP 'Messed Up Big Time'
In this Feb. 2, 2018 photo from a video frame grab shows Arthur Jones.   (Marcus DiPaola/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

"The Republican Party screwed up big time." Such is the pronouncement of Arthur Jones, who on Tuesday won a GOP primary in Illinois, becoming the party's candidate for the Third Congressional District, which encompasses part of Chicago. Except, per the New York Times, the Holocaust denier won't get an ounce of support from the party, which describes Jones as a Nazi and plans to "vehemently [oppose him] with real campaign dollars." As for why the 70-year-old thinks the party messed up, it's because he was running unopposed due to the GOP's inability to recruit a candidate, leading him to remark to the Times that "even if only myself and my wife voted for me, I'd win the primary." The Illinois GOP plans to throw its cash toward an as-yet-unselected independent candidate.

As for the Holocaust views Jones espouses, the Hill reports his campaign website actually included a section called "Holocaust?" that refers to "professional concentration camp survivors"; states there is "no proof such a so-called 'Holocaust' ever took place anywhere in Europe"; and says that Jews are "directly responsible for the murder of at least 300 million people." Jones isn't expected to win the solidly blue district, where Rep. Dan Lipinski currently holds the seat. Things on the Democratic side were just as wild, though, with Lipinski narrowly edging out challenger Marie Newman—who was backed by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders—with 97% of the votes tallied. The Chicago Tribune reported around midnight that Newman refused to concede at that point, saying she "would like Mr. Lipinski to have a very painful evening." (More Illinois stories.)

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