Republican Senate candidate Patrick Little is making headway in his attempt to unseat Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein, with a recent poll showing he leads the rest of the pack by 10 points.
If Little succeeds in winning the second spot in California’s top-two primary in June, Feinstein will be facing an avowed anti-Semite who enjoys the support of former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke and has openly called for a country “free from Jews”.
Little will be squaring off in a top-two primary with 10 other Republicans as well as Democrats and independents on June 5 for the chance to oppose veteran Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. According to a recent poll, released last week, he very much has a chance of winning the right to face off with the incumbent.
A poll conducted by local ABC News affiliates along with the polling company Survey USA, suggested that Little is polling at 18 percent of the vote on the Republican ticket, a full 10 points ahead of his next strongest opponent. The 84-year-old Feinstein, who first entered office way back in 1992, at the start of Bill Clinton’s first term, remains a solid favorite to win the state—polling at 39 percent.
Whether Little’s success will continue remains to be seen – it is unclear how many voters are aware of his extreme views and how much that information might alter his support.
Still, that a candidate with such views has made it this far is unsettling in and of itself.
How extreme are Little’s views on race?
Little has said he believes Jews should have no say over white non-Jews and wants to see them removed from the country altogether. On Gab, a social media site with large swaths of extremist users, he argues that the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, whose proprietors praise Adolf Hitler and have appeared to call for acts of violence against Jewish people, is too Jewish.
“I propose a government that makes counter-semitism central to all aims of the state,” he wrote on that website, referring to a white nationalist euphemism for a hatred of Jews. He argued for forbidding “all immigration except of biological kin, where no person of Jewish origin may live, vacation or traverse.”
Regardless how well he is performing in the polls at present, political analysts doubt Little has any chance of winning the Senate seat.
Matt Barreto, a Professor of Political Sciences at UCLA, told Newsweek that while the poll is concerning due to Little’s views, it isn’t a strong indicator that he will ever become Senator.
“There’s been no campaign to speak of. All the discussion has been between Feinstein and [Democratic challenger] Kevin de León,” Barreto said. “I don’t believe that this candidate has much outreach.”
He noted that many people may have no idea who Little is, and are simply responding to the fact that his name was grouped with the Republicans. He said that if his views became more widely known, it would likely sink his candidacy.