David Duke Qualifies for Louisiana US Senate Debate
David Duke is polling high enough in his U.S. Senate seat bid that he will participate in a televised debate, to be held on Nov. 2 at a historically black university.
Duke tweeted last night, "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!"
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
Candidates must show at least 5 percent support in the independent Mason-Dixon poll to qualify for the debate, under rules set by Raycom, an Alabama-based media corporation that will broadcast the event. Duke, who announced his campaign in July, made the cut with 5.1 percent, well behind frontrunners Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy's 24.2 percent and Democrat Foster Campbell's 18.9 percent.
The debate will be held in New Orleans at Dillard University, a historically black university.
In a phone interview, Duke told ABC News that Raycom contacted him Thursday night and extended an official invitation. Raycom spokeswoman Vicki Zimmerman confirmed.
"I was happy," Duke said. "We've got a great chance."