The father of Tory MP Priti Patel took second place standing under the Ukip banner in a Hertfordshire County poll.
Sushil Kantibhai Patel was running under that party's description on the ballot paper at Bushey South.
He came more than 1,200 votes behind Conservatives but ahead of Labour and Liberal Democrats.
On Thursday night, Priti Patel told the Daily Telegraph she had not pressured her father to stand down as a Ukip candidate.
She said: “No matter what, whatever the outcome of this, he is still my Dad and I still love him. Nothing will change that, not even Ukip.”