Marjorie Taylor Greene, a racist and supportive of the QAnon far-right conspiracy theory, won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th congressional district.
Greene defeated neurosurgeon John Cowan in a preliminary run for the open chair on Tuesday in the dark red district in northwest Georgia, despite some Republican officials denouncing the campaign after appearing videos in which she expressed racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Muslim views.
She already has tens of thousands of followers on social media, where she often posts videos of herself talking live in front of the camera. Those videos helped boost her popularity with her institution, while also drawing strong condemnation from some prospective colleagues in Congress.
In a series of videos unearthed shortly after Greene took the first place in the Republicans’ first primary election on June 9, she complained of an “invasion of Islam” into government offices , claiming black and Hispanic men were restrained by “gangs and drug trafficking” and propelled a counter-conspiracy theory that the Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros has partnered with Nazi Germany.
Several high-ranking Republicans later spoke out against her. House minorities head, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, quickly threw his support behind Cowan, while Georgia Representative Jody Hice rejected Greene’s approval.
Greene addresses criticism of his comments on Twitter. “Fake News Media, DC Swamp, and their extreme leftist allies see me as a very serious threat. I won’t let them force me into submission, ”she said, not leaving herself from her earlier comments.
Greene is also part of a growing list of candidates expressing support for QAnon, the far-right American conspiracy theory popular among Donald Trump’s supporters. She is considered as one of the QAnon supporters with the highest chance of winning in November.
She has positioned herself as a staunch Trump supporter and underlined her message of advocating for guns, in favor of a border wall, and against abortion. She has also connected with voters through her intensive effort to travel in the district and meet people in the field.
Larry Silker, a 72-year-old retiree, voted for Greene last week at an early voting location in Dallas, Georgia.
“She seems to be an agile person, you know. She goes out to meet everyone she can, and I think that’s great, ”said Silker.
When asked if he saw criticism of Greene’s remarks, Silker said: “Yes, you know, you see. But do you believe in it? You just need to consider it ”.
The county stretches from the suburbs of metro Atlanta to the countryside in the northwest corner of the state. Greene will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Republican representative Tom Graves, who is not reelected, won the last seat with more than 76% of the vote in 2018.
Associated Press contributed to this report