A QAnon supporter just won a Republican primary for US Senate - 2020-05-20
In winning the Oregon GOP primary for the US Senate Tuesday, Jo Rae Perkins became the seventh Republican congressional candidate who openly supports QAnon, a pro-Trump conspiracy theory that maintains the president is secretly fighting "deep state" operatives and Democratic pedophiles.
Perkins won a four-way race for the party's Senate nomination, earning just short of 50 percent of the vote. Former naval officer Paul Romero finished second with 30 percent. Perkins will face off with incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in the general election on November 3, which Merkley is expected to win.
Nevertheless, her victory — which came by a significant margin — is emblematic of the conspiracy theory's influence among conservative voters, as is the way Perkins highlighted it in her victory speech.