QAnon backer Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Georgia GOP runoff

Source: The Hill | August 11, 2020 | Julia Manchester

Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on Tuesday won the Republican primary runoff in Georgia’s 14th District to replace outgoing Rep. Tom Graves (R), overcoming concerns about her past bigoted rhetoric and embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Greene and her opponent, neurosurgeon John Cowan, had both advanced to the runoff after neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 9 primary. Greene won with 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday, while Cowan trailed at 40 percent, according to The Associated Press.

Greene celebrated her victory, saying she would work to “Save America,” “Stop Socialism” and “Defeat the Democrats.”

The race was thrust into the national spotlight in June after a number of videos showing Greene making bigoted remarks were unearthed by Politico.

The comments included Greene comparing Democratic donor George Soros to a Nazi, saying the 2018 midterms were like an “Islamic invasion of our government” and asserting that African Americans “are held slaves to the Democratic Party.”

The comments were quickly condemned by Republicans, including Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.), who rescinded his endorsement of her.

Greene also gained attention over comments in which she expressed support for QAnon, a conspiracy theory that posits that President Trump and his allies are working together to expose and arrest an underground cabal of global elites who control the government.

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