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Election Illinois

A member of the Early Bird bowling league, left, bowls Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in a nearby room behind the Polling Place sign at the Lawn Lanes Bowling Alley in Chicago. 

CHICAGO — A suburban Chicago man known as a Holocaust denier and for his ties to neo-Nazism is expected to advance to November’s general election for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District seat.

Arthur J. Jones, 70, of Lyons, is the lone candidate on the March 20 Republican primary ticket for the seat that includes Western Springs, La Grange and parts of southwestern Chicago. Jones, a former member of the American National Socialist Workers Party, has run for political office several times in the past but has never made it past the primary stage in the 3rd District.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said in a statement: “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.”

The Anti-Defamation League reports Jones has been involved with racist and anti-Semitic groups since the 1970s.

The lack of a GOP challenger means Jones will likely face off against Democratic incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski or challenger Marie Newman on Nov. 6 in the 3rd District, a traditionally Democratic district.

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