ALBANY, Calif. (KTVU) - A recent political poll in the race to become a U.S. Senator from California came back with results that have many people shocked.
The SurveyUSA poll shows Patrick Little, an avowed anti-Semitic, pro-white Republican candidate who lives in Albany, came in second, behind only Senator Dianne Feinstein.
According to his website he is anti-Semitic and pro-white.
"It makes me sick to my stomach," said Melissa Murray, a former Republican delegate.
She says little has no support among GOP leaders and that he gives Republicans a bad name.
"We want to have free speech in America. But when you hear something like this you just recoil. I don't want to give him a platform," she said.
In a recent tweet Little wrote quote "Jews are behind every major problem the USA faces."
The platform on his website calls for limiting the participation of Jews in government.
But despite these views, a recent poll of California voters by SurveyUSA shows little with 18 percent, trailing only Feinstein who had 39 percent. The next closest had eight percent.
Under California law the top two candidates in the June primary face-off in November.
If the Democrats and Republicans had stronger candidates outside of Dianne Feinstein for number two or number three, because this really is a race for number two, then this wouldn't be possible," said James Taylor, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.
Taylor says those surveyed may have backed Little, not because of his anti-Semitic views, but only because he is running as a Republican.
"If you vote party all the time you are going 'R' and a simple anglicized name is easy to go with. And that is one of the ways this could happen," said Taylor.
In 2010 California abandoned the two-party primary system in favor of the current open primary which was meant to attract more candidates.
"The problem is the fleas come with the dog. In this case we deal with the reality of a right wing individual like this in order to retain the openness in the democratic structure in the more open primary system," he said.
Taylor says he gives little no chance of ultimately gaining the senate seat.