White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has qualified for a debate in Louisiana’s US Senate race – which is set to be held at a historically black university.
Duke narrowly crossed the 5% threshold needed to participate, ABC News reported on Friday, with 5.1 percent support in the independent Mason-Dixon Poll.
Duke, who is running as a Republican, is far behind two leading candidates in the race. Republican state treasurer John Kennedy was polling at 24.2%. Democrat Foster Campbell is at 18.9%.
Duke didn’t qualify to participate in a previous debate.
The candidate tweeted the news Thursday, calling the Nov. 2 event “the most important debate in Louisiana.”
Important News! I qualified for the U.S. Senate most important debate in Louisiana on Nov 2. I can’t wait to tell truth nobody else dares!
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) October 21, 2016
Duke’s Democratic rival, Foster Campbell, told ABC News it was “unfortunate” that Duke was allowed to attend the debate, and said “his destructive rhetoric is a distraction from this campaign, which is about our future, not our past.”