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Ex-Ill. GOP official apologizes for loaded email

URBANA – A Republican congressional candidate in Illinois says a former GOP official who wrote a derogatory email about her has apologized – via text.

Erika Harold said the text from former Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Jim Allen apologized to her and her supporters. Harold told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the message was only a sentence or two long.

Allen resigned last week after his email was published by a pro-Republican website.

In his email Allen said the bi-racial Harold would be hired by a law firm to fill a minority quota if she loses the GOP primary to Rep. Rodney Davis. Allen also referred to the former Miss America as the "love child" of Democrats.

Davis once listed Allen as a key supporter but has condemned the email.

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