Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on Tuesday won the Republican primary runoff in Georgia’s 14th District to replace outgoing Rep. Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesStates begin removing Capitol's Confederate statues on their own House holds moment of silence for John Lewis QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem MORE (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.
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 HiceJody Brownlow HiceGOP lawmakers comply with Pelosi's mask mandate for House floor Cain given tributes after death from COVID-19 GOP's Gohmert introduces resolution that would ban the Democratic Party MORE (Ga.), who rescinded his endorsement of her.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 TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE and his allies are working together to expose and arrest an underground cabal of global elites who control the government.
"He is someone that very much loves his country, and he’s on the same page as us, and he is very pro-Trump," she said of "Q," the mysterious figure at the center of the conspiracy theory, in a YouTube video from 2017.
"I’m very excited about that now there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it," she continued.
Despite the negative attention, Greene remained competitive with Cowan throughout the race, edging him in the initial June primary with just more than 40 percent of the vote to Cowan's 21 percent.
An internal poll from Cowan’s campaign showed the two candidates neck and neck at 38 percent heading into the runoff. Additionally, Greene appeared to have a fundraising advantage in the race.
Greene raked in $1.59 million as of July 22, including a $900,000 loan from herself. She has spent $1.44 million in the campaign and has roughly $143,500 in the bank.
Cowan raised $1.2 million as of July 22, loaning himself $200,000. He spent $960,000 and has around $237,000 cash on hand.