Marjorie Taylor Greene has won in the 14th district of Georgia and thus elected a QAnon supporter to the Congress for the first time.
“great victory tonight! THANK YOU to the people of Northwest Georgia for choosing me to fight for them in Washington, DC,” the candidate tweeted on Tuesday night at 7:51 p.m. ET.
CNN, NBC and DecisionDeskHQ have predicted that Greene will be victorious. At 8:30 p.m. ET, the New York Times showed that she would lead the race with 79 percent of the votes, with 18 percent of the estimated total votes reported.
Greene has been vocal about the QAnon conspiracy theory, a broad movement that believes President Donald Trump will stop a state ring of child sex traffickers. In a video on YouTube she praised “Q” as a patriot who “loves his country very much”.
She was also criticized for videos showing her expressing racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. Politico first reported in June that she had posted footage on Facebook insisting that blacks should be “proud” of Confederate monuments, calling them “slaves of the Democratic Party. She called the 2018 midterm elections “an Islamic invasion” and declared that Muslims did not belong in government.
The clips did not stop Greene from winning the Republican primary. During her victory speech, Greene beat down the “D.C. swamp” and the “political establishment” for trying to take them out of the race.
“But there are definitely more of us than there are of them,” she said, “and we will keep reminding them of that, because I have no intention of befriending any people who are against the American people.
Later, Greene backed away from some of these comments. In August, she told Fox News that QAnon “was not part of my campaign.
“I was just one of those people, like millions of other Americans who just started looking at other information,” Greene told the news channel. “And so, yes, there was a period of time there where I read about Q, posted about it and talked about it, and these are some of these videos you’ve seen that came out. But as soon as I began to find misinformation, I decided that I would take a different path.
While Greene was considered a lockout to win the faithfully red district in the general election, her road to Congress became easier when her Democratic opponent Kevin Van Ausdal dropped out of the race. Ausdal gave family and personal reasons for his decision to withdraw from the race in September.