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Republican Candidate Faces Calls to Drop Out of Race Amid Allegations of Racial, Homophobic Slurs

A Republican candidate for an Illinois State House seat is facing calls to drop out of the race amid allegations he used racial and homophobic slurs during a conversation with an African-American candidate for Illinois Attorney General. Burt Minor, who is running for the seat in the 42nd district vacated by Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is challenging Bruce Rauner for governor in the primary, allegedly used the ‘N’ word repeatedly in front of Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold, and asked if she was a “lesbo” in a conversation. Minor denied the allegations, saying “There was never any inappropriate [conversation],” but the Illinois Republican Party, Governor Rauner, and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin are all calling for Minor to drop out. “He’s not fit to be a Republican nominee for office, especially not the General Assembly,” said Republican floor leader of the Illinois House, Peter Breen “His conduct was outrageous.” (Politico)

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