A Georgia congressional race is getting national attention because the winner is an outspoken supporter of a far-right conspiracy theory.
Marjorie Taylor Greene defeated John Cowan in Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia’s 14th District, which stretches from Paulding County to Dade County, covering the northwest corner of the state.
The seat was left vacant by Tom Graves and is considered to be very Conservative, with many expecting Greene to easily win the seat.
While some Republicans pulled their endorsements of Greene’s campaigns, other sent congratulatory tweets on Wednesday.
One of those congratulatory tweets came from President Donald Trump.
“Congratulations to future Republican star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big congressional primary win…Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up…a real winner,” Trump said.
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Other congratulatory tweets came from Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and Doug Collins.
Some Republicans have distanced themselves from Greene after she made several insensitive comments and due to her association with the controversial QAnon conspiracy theories.
“There is a deep state that exists. Everyone talks about it all the time,” Greene told Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray in an interview earlier this month.
“You say ‘Q is a patriot.’ We know that for sure? Who is Q?” Gray asked Greene.
“I have no idea. The only person I fully believe and follow every day that I’ve never met in person is Jesus Christ,” Greene said.
Her Democratic opponent, Kevin Van Ausdal, told Channel 2′s Richard Elliot that he hopes enough independents and moderate Republicans are turned off by Greene’s rhetoric that he could win.
“I think it speaks volumes to her divisiveness and how, as a whole, she doesn’t represent the Republican party,” Van Ausdal said.
Given that the 14th is a heavily Republican district, most veteran political analysts don’t give any Democrat much of a chance of winning.
Kennesaw State University political science professor Dr. Kerwin Swint thinks Georgia Democrats will try and use her campaign to help other Democratic candidates around Georgia.
“They’re going to try and tie her to these other candidates like Karen Handel or Rick McCormick, and so on here in metro Atlanta. But, like I said, I don’t know how successful they’ll be in doing that,” Swint said.