White supremacist David Duke qualifies for Senate debate

BATON ROUGE, La. — White supremacist David Duke has qualified for a televised debate in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race.

Duke’s campaign hasn’t said whether he plans to attend the debate, which will be held at historically black Dillard University.

Raycom Media commissioned an independent poll to determine which candidates to include in its Nov. 2 debate in New Orleans, which will air live on its TV stations across much of the state.

Any candidate with 5 percent or more in that poll received an invite — and Duke narrowly hit the mark, getting 5.1 percent in the telephone survey done by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

Five other contenders polled above him and also will be able to participate in the debate.

Duke didn’t qualify for a previous televised debate.

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