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The Daily BeastOct 22, 2018
Blue Wave or Red Wall, Far-Right Candidates May Be the Real Winners of 2018
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAs the midterm elections approach, racist extremism is coming up for a vote.

More than a dozen Republican candidates this year have flirted with or endorsed white supremacy. They range from trolls, like neo-Nazis using long-shot campaigns as a loudspeaker for hate, to career politicians who've moved toward more open racism after Donald Trump's election. While the most fringe candidates certain to lose, they may succeed in giving a bigger platform to white nationalist thinking and influence over the Republican Party. And while the GOP condemns those fringes, the career politicians who voiced similar views have largely avoided party backlash.

"There are more far-right candidates this year than we've ever seen, frankly," Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, told The Daily Beast. "As to why that is, Trump's obviously the big issue here, right? He ran a campaign that traded in racism and anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, misogynistic rhetoric, and he won. I think in prior election campaigns, people who engaged in those tactics failed."

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