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Meet the Racist Republican Corey Stewart Who Just Won a GOP Senate Primary and Could Be Virginia's Roy Moore

"This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served," a prominent Virginia Republican said.

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If any more evidence was needed that the Republican Party is completely unable to keep the rabidly racist forces within its ranks at bay, the nation received proof Tuesday night.

Corey Stewart, a far-right extremist, won the GOP primary on Tuesday and will face off against former vice presidential candidate and incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine in the 2018 midterm elections.

Stewart is known for his enthusiastic support for Confederate symbols and monuments. He has billed himself as a fierce opponent of immigrants, and his embraced shameless fear-mongering tactics about a "scourge" of illegal immigration. And he allied himself with Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who led the neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville last summer, in which protester Heather Heyer was killed. (He has since distanced himself from Kessler.)

But his disturbing associations don't end there. The Daily Wire reports that Stewart called Paul Nehlen, a former Wisconsin House candidate and vicious anti-Semite and racist, his "personal hero."

Former Lt. Governor and Republican Bill Bolling tweeted: "I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served. Every time I think things can’t get worse they do, and there is no end in sight."

"Can we just skip past the part where the media focuses on all the idiotic, racist & embarrassing things Corey Stewart will say & do the next five months and just acknowledge Tim Kaine won his re-election tonight," said Republican strategist Brian Walsh on Twitter. "And he has Stewart voters to thank for it."

If Walsh is right, Stewart could turn out to be like failed Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore — a racist figure billing themselves as sharing President Donald Trump's ideology while being hated by the party. There aren't any serious charges of misconduct in Stewart's case as there were in Moore's, but Virginia is a much bluer state than Alabama, so his existing baggage may be enough to sink him.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.