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These Two GOP Senate Nominees Sought Support from Extremist Anti-LGBT Group Whose Leader Called Obama a 'Child Molester'

A spokesperson for one candidate is doing damage control, while the other candidate's campaign is radio silent.

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North Dakota's Kevin Cramer and Virginia's Corey Stewart both won their Republican primaries after receiving the support of the Public Advocate of the United States, an extremist anti-LGBT group.

Both candidates answered in the affirmative to whether they "oppose all efforts to make public restrooms and changing-rooms unsafe through so-called 'Transgender Bathrooms' legislation and regulations - which have the effect of encouraging and protecting pedophiles" and think  schools should be "prevented from brainwashing elementary school children with the Homosexual Agenda."

CNN reports:

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The group's founder and chief executive, Eugene Delgaudio, said in February he believes that former President Barack Obama was a "child molester" and that "adult homosexuals want to recruit and brainwash children." He is an active promoter of the far-right pizzagate conspiracy theory.

A spokesperson for Cramer tried to distance himself from suggestions that he conflates transgender people and pedophiles. "Kevin does not think transgender people are at all comparable to pedophiles -this a gross misinterpretation of the survey question," the spokesperson said.

A representative for Stewart refused to comment on the story by CNN.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.