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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is distancing himself from a GOP supporter who made harsh remarks about a Davis challenger.

An email reportedly from Montgomery County GOP Chairman Joe Allen called Erika Harold of Urbana a "street walker" and "love child" of Democrats. It predicted she will be hired by a law firm meeting a minority-hiring quota.

Harold is bi-racial, a former Miss America and a Harvard law school graduate. The Republican is challenging Davis in next year's primary.

Davis spokesman Andrew Flach says the email was "misguided and wrong." It was published on a website maintained by a former GOP official, who called it "racist."

Allen was listed on Davis' campaign website as a supporter but his name was removed.

Neither Allen nor Harold's campaign responded to calls or emails.

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