RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina state House candidate who said "God is a racist" and Jewish people "all descend from Satan" received thousands of votes, but still lost the race to the incumbent.
Russell Walker, the Republican candidate for state House District 48, which includes Scotland and Hoke counties had more than 8,500 votes, or about 37 percent of the unofficial vote total, with all precincts reporting as of Tuesday at 11 p.m.
Walker lost to incumbent Democrat Garland Pierce, an African-American minister, who was winning by a large margin with more than 14,700 votes, or about 63 percent.
The North Carolina Republican Party withdrew its support for Walker In June, when Walker's personal website full of racist sentiments was connected to him by the Southern Poverty Law Center and a News & Observer report.
"Based on recent behavior and previous statements, the North Carolina Republican Party is unable and unwilling to support the Republican nominated candidate for North Carolina House District 48," GOP chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement to the N&O at the time. "The NCGOP along with our local parties in Hoke, Scotland and Robeson Counties will be spending our time and resources supporting Republican candidates that better reflect the values of our party."
As previously reported by the N&O, Walker's website features racism, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience, including:
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-- "What is wrong with being a white supremacist? God is a racist and a white supremacist."
-- "God made the races and he is the greatest racist ever."
-- "What is wrong with being a white supremacist?"
-- "The Jews are not Semitic they are Satanic as they all descend from Satan."