NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing the nomination of Mark Clayton to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, saying the little-known candidate belongs to a hate group.
Clayton, a floor installer, received twice the votes of his nearest competitor in a seven-candidate Democratic primary Thursday.
The party said in a statement Friday that Clayton is associated with a known hate group in Washington, D.C., and the party "disavows his candidacy."
Clayton is vice president of Public Advocate of the United States, which calls itself a conservative advocacy group.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the organization an anti-gay hate group.
Clayton said in an interview before the election that privacy issues are his main concern and that he thinks people are being "over-identified by the government and tracked."
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