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Son, daughter oppose father's election to Missouri House

Steve West gained attention after winning the GOP primary in August for a northwest Missouri House seat by nearly 25 points over three other candidates. (FILE)

The son and daughter of a Missouri House candidate were urging voters not to elect him.

Emily and Andy West said their father, 64-year-old Steve West, was racist, homophobic and opposes Jews and Muslims.

Steve West gained attention after winning the GOP primary in August for a northwest Missouri House seat by nearly 25 points over three other candidates. Missouri Republican leaders quickly distanced themselves from West after word spread that he often espoused racism and other bigoted views on a radio show.

The Kansas City Star reported Andy West said his dad's ideology was pure hatred and electing him to the Legislature would legitimize his views.

The elder West said Monday he didn't judge people by race or color but did object to some ideologies on principle.

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