An outsider candidate running for Missouri governor can remain on the Republican primary ballot, after the party tried to have him removed.

The Missouri Republican State Committee filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State’s office and against Darrell McClanahan III to have him removed from the party’s August primary ballot because he’s allegedly tied to the Ku Klux Klan.

McClanahan has described himself as “pro-white” but not a racist. He was photographed performing what appeared to be a Nazi salute in a photo posted to social media. He was also allegedly awarded a one-year “honorary” membership in the Klan.

In his ruling, Cole County Judge Cotton Walker said that the Republican Party remains free to disavow McClanahan’s run for governor. He also agreed with the Secretary of State’s office that it doesn’t have the authority to remove a candidate’s name from the ballot once the filing fee has been accepted.

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