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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke talks to the media at the Louisiana Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, July 22, 2016, after registering to run for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Former KKK leader David Duke released the first TV ad for his Louisiana Senate run



Former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke announced his run in late July.

What's he saying?

Duke, a vocal supporter of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, says that "the media" hates both him and Trump because the two candidates are opposed to immigration policies that will "destroy America."

Duke goes on to say that he and Trump "defend our heritage" and say "Merry Christmas instead of the 'PC garbage.'"

"Let's take America back," Duke says at the end. 

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Duke created some controversy early in the campaign season when Donald Trump was slow to "disavow" him after receiving an endorsement.

The perennial candidate

Duke, 66, was a one-term representative in the Louisiana state House. He unsuccessfully ran for president as a Democrat in 1998 and as a Republican in 1992. He's also launched bids for the Louisiana Senate, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Louisiana Governorship.

Shortly after he graduated from college in 1964, he founded the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana. 

Six candidates qualified for the debate, happening just before Election Day.

The popular polling website 538 projects that Duke will win just over 5 percent of the popular vote during the election. 

If no candidate gets a majority, the top two vote-getters have a runoff vote in December.

CNN and 538 contributed to this report.

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