|U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 81st District|
From: February 18, 1989 – January 13, 1992
|Party||Independent (former Democrat (1975-1987), Populist (1988), Republican (1989-1999; 2016) and Reform (1999-2001))|
|Spouse(s)||Chloê Eleanor Hardin (m. 1974–1984, divorced)|
David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, whose service extended from 1989 to 1992. Duke has run for office as a Democrat, as a Republican, and as the 1988 presidential candidate of the Populist Party. He is a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Duke ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in the nonpartisan blanket primary in 1990 against the incumbent Democrat J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. of Shreveport. In 1991, he lost the governor's race to Democrat Edwin Edwards, who easily secured his fourth nonconsecutive term in the position. In that contest, Edward supporters used posters saying, "Vote for the Crook. It's Important."
Duke participated in the "International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust" in 2006 held in Iran. This was a convocation of holocaust deniers.
Duke was vehement critic of U.S. President George W. Bush's decision in 2003 to invade Iraq. He has also spoken against the Republican National Committee, which opposed him in his own electoral contests. Evolutionary racism is a major component of David Duke's racism.
On the War in Iraq, Duke stated,
- Cindy Sheehan is absolutely right. Her son signed up in the military to defend America, not Israel ... In advancing this war for Israel, government and media advocates obviously couldn’t get Americans behind the war by saying it was a war for Israel. They had to make up bogus reasons for the war, such as saying that Iraq was an imminent threat to America and that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.
Duke has run multiple times for office, including races for the United States Senate in 1990, 1996, and 2016, when Republican David Vitter, who succeeded Duke in the state House in 1992, declined to pursue a third term after having been defeated in 2015 in a race for governor of Louisiana. In his most recent venture on the ballot, Duke finished in seventh place among twenty-four candidates with 58,581 votes (3 percent). Duke was allowed in the second of two senatorial debates in 2016 though the sixth place finisher, retired United States Air Force Colonel Rob Maness, was excluded because of low poll standings. Maness, who also ran for the Senate in 2014 against Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu, received 90,812 votes (5 percent) in the 2016 primary election. The seat will be filled in 2017 by either state Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, a Republican, or the Democrat Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, the two leading candidates from the primary election who meet in a runoff contest on December 10, 2016.
- David Duke: White Revolution on the Internet.
- Darwinism’s influence on modern racists and white supremacist groups: the case of David Duke
- Why Cindy Sheehan is Right!, David Duke, 8/14/2005.
- Election Returns. Louisiana Secretary of State (November 8, 2016). Retrieved on November 10, 2016.
- Tyler Bridges (November 9, 2016). Foster Campbell seen as facing steep climb in U.S. Senate race against John Kennedy. Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on November 10, 2016.