Corey Stewart Says He Is Stepping Away From Politics

Former Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart says he is stepping away from politics and does not plan to seek reelection to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. The Washington Post reported the news Tuesday.

Stewart lost to Democrat Tim Kaine in November’s U.S. Senate election and was known for his hardline stance against illegal immigration. He also faced accusations of racism over past ties to Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler, who supported Stewart because of his support for maintaining Confederate monuments in Virginia. Stewart denies holding racist views and said he cut ties with white nationalists like Kessler when he learned of their beliefs.

He told the Washington Post he plans to focus on his international trade law practice and helping his wife build a wedding reception venue.