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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Trump Congratulates Gun-Wielding Nut

In Defying the Odds, we discuss state and congressional elections as well as the presidential race.

A number of GOP pols are proving to be problematic for the party brand.

QAnon conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene topped primary field of Republicans in Georgia’s heavily Republican 14th congressional district.

Marisa Fernandez at Axios:
Why it matters: Greene was endorsed by Trump ahead of Georgia's elections. QAnon is an extremist group that believes an anonymous internet user is waging war against the "deep state" from within the federal government.
  • Currently, House Republicans have refused to comment on Greene’s belief in "a group that the FBI has flagged as a potential domestic terrorist threat" and her possible place within their ranks, the Washington Post reports.
By the numbers: Greene didn't receive a majority but did finish first Tuesday with 41% of the vote in a strong red district.
  • She will face a runoff election Aug. 11 against physician John Cowan, who was 20 points behind her.
Go deeper: Oregon GOP Senate nominee was “in tears” after campaign walked back QAnon support