Uh, OK. So.
Public Policy Polling released its monthly North Carolina poll today and, for the most part, found some stuff consistent with what we already knew: the presidential race is basically tied (Trump is up by two in a three-way with Gary Johnson, within the margin of error, and tied in a two-way), Roy Cooper is up five in the governor’s race, Josh Stein is up four over Buck Newton in the AG race, and Deborah Ross and Richard Burr are deadlocked in the Senate race.
Then there’s this.
-By a 30/23 spread, Trump voters in North Carolina say they have a higher opinion of David Duke than they do of Hillary Clinton.
If you aren’t familiar with David Duke, he is not, as some on Twitter have suggested that those polled may have believed, related to anything involving Duke basketball. He is actually a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, member of the American Nazi Party, and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives who has been outspoken in his support of Donald Trump (who reluctantly denounced Duke earlier this year after tripping over himself a bunch of times).
Duke is also running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana right now, and polling (in a crowded field) at a respectable 6 percent.
Here are some recent headlines from Duke’s website:
Hey Jared, Jews May Look White, But They Sure Don’t Act White!
Dr. Duke and Mark Collett of the UK Chart the Path of White Revolution and Renaissance!
Dr. David Duke Discusses the REAL RACISM and VIOLENCE promote by the Media against European Americans!
Dr. Duke and Dr. Slattery on the left and right getting taken over by the anti-white narrative and why we need at least one voice in the Senate!
By seven points, Trump’s North Carolina voters prefer this outspoken white supremacist to Hillary Clinton.
To close, here’s a Duke-related anecdote about voting for someone you don’t like at all in order to prevent an incorrigible monster, someone whose election would vindicate the white supremacist movement, from winning an election.
In 1991, former Klansman and American Nazi Party functionary David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana and made the runoff election against Democrat Edwin Edwards, the popular but scandal-plagued three-term former governor. Duke had made the runoff between the two top vote-getters since no one received a majority in the first primary. Duke had received just over 31% of the vote in the first primary, and Edwards had just over 33% in a twelve-person field.
The stage was set for a bitter, intense campaign between a Republican with a history of open advocacy of virulent racism and nativism and a deeply flawed corporate Democrat. The many different dangers that a Duke victory augured for the state provided the basis for a broad and bipartisan business-center-left electoral alliance that condensed around a least common denominator slogan that no doubt every Louisianan who was sentient at the time recalls: “Vote for the Crook: It’s Important.” Edwards won, with more than 61% of the vote, and a potential political and economic disaster for the state was avoided.