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      Senator Jake Knotts: I'm proud to be redneck

      A South Carolina senator has again apologized but refused to resign for calling the Republican gubernatorial front-runner and President Obama "a raghead."

      Sen. Jake Knotts said Tuesday he has been called names, adding that he's proud to be stereotyped as a redneck. The West Columbia Republican says he is honored by the true meaning of redneck -- someone who gets sunburned from working long hours outdoors.

      His comments came after GOP leaders in his home county publicly reprimanded him. Last Thursday, the executive committee of the Lexington County Republican Party voted to censure him and ask him to resign for his "raghead" comment made during an Internet political talk show.

      Knotts says there would be a huge void in the Republican Party if all rednecks left.

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