Former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke said his top finish in a primary election for state representative signals renewed voter interest in white supremacy.

Duke, former imperial wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, led a field of seven candidates in Saturday's primary election for a vacant state House seat representing a suburban district that is 99 percent white. Duke received 33 percent of the vote and will face second-place finisher John Treen in a Feb. 18 runoff. Treen had 19 percent of the vote."I think the people knew that by my past involvement (with the Klan), people know that I say what I really believe," Duke said after Saturday's vote. "The Klan is far behind me, but the effort for equal rights for everybody is ahead of me.