The Latest: QAnon backer Greene wins GOP primary in Georgia
Marjorie Taylor Greene has won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.
She’s a businesswoman who has expressed support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and has been criticized for a series of racist comments.
Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff for the open seat on Tuesday.
That’s despite several GOP officials denouncing her campaign after videos surfaced in which she expresses racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. She has responded to the criticism by blasting “the fake news media” and “the DC swamp.”
Her victory comes in a deep-red area in northwest Georgia.
Greene will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who did not seek reelection, last won the seat with over 76% of the vote in 2018.
Former Rep. Jason Lewis has won Minnesota’s five-way Republican primary for Senate.
Lewis, a one-term congressman and former conservative radio host, had the name recognition and money to easily beat several challengers on Tuesday. Lewis has spent months on a mostly virtual campaign aimed at taking down Democratic Sen. Tina Smith.
He has been an outspoken critic of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, and he has worked to tie Smith to what he calls “heavy-handed lockdown measures.”
Smith is seeking election to her first full term since being appointed to replace Al Franken after Franken was caught up in sexual misconduct allegations. She won the Democratic primary Tuesday.
The fall campaign is shaping up as a referendum on President Donald Trump, who came close to carrying Minnesota in 2016 and is making an extra push to win the state this time.
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