California GOP denounces Senate candidate who admires Hitler, wants country 'free of Jews'

California GOP denounces Senate candidate who admires Hitler, wants country 'free of Jews'
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The California Republican Party has denounced a Republican Senate candidate who has denied the Holocaust happened and called for a country "free from Jews." 

Patrick Little, a self-described "pro-white" candidate, is polling at second in the race against Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGillibrand calls for Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn Feinstein calls for hold on Kavanaugh consideration Grassley releases letter detailing Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation MORE (D-Calif.), despite his extremist views. But the GOP has rejected Little and condemned his anti-Semitic remarks.

“Mr. Little has never been an active member of our party. I do not know Mr. Little and I am not familiar with his positions,” Matt Fleming, communications director for the California Republican Party, told Newsweek. “But in the strongest terms possible, we condemn anti-Semitism and any other form of religious bigotry, just as we do with racism, sexism or anything else that can be construed as a hateful point of view.”

In an interview with Newsweek on Monday, Little reportedly said he admired Adolf Hitler and said that, if he were more religious, he would view Hitler as “the second coming of Christ.”

Little also denied that millions of Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Little topped other Republican candidates in a poll released late last month, with 18 percent support of the vote. Feinstein received 39 percent, coming in first in the poll. 

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Democrat Kevin de León, the outgoing California Senate President pro tem and thought to be Feinstein’s greatest competition, only polled at 8 percent, according to CBS News San Francisco.

California primaries operate on a "jungle primary" system, in which candidates from all parties compete in a single primary. The top two vote-getters then advance to the November general election.