- Lauren Witzke, a far-right activist who previously voiced her support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, won the Republican primary Tuesday for a seat in the US Senate in Delaware.
- Witzke posed in a QAnon T-shirt and repeatedly tweeted the QAnon motto WWG1WGA, which stands for Where We Go One We Go All.
- In January, however, Witzke told the Associated Press that it no longer supported the deception, calling it "more hype than substance".
- The political freshman will try to oust Democratic Senator Chris Coons in the November general election.
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Lauren Witzke, a far-right activist who has previously expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, won the Republican area code for a seat in the US Senate in Delaware on Tuesday.
Witzke, a former organizer of President Donald Trump in Iowa, campaigned for the president's "America First" agenda, advocating a 10-year ban on immigration and cuts in family benefits.
The political newcomer beat her main Republican opponent, attorney Jim Demartino, with about 57% of the vote.
Witzke got in a QAnon branded T-shirt and posed repeatedly tweeted the QAnon motto, WWG1WGA, which stands for Where We Go One We Go All. The far-right conspiracy believes Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of pedophiles who worship Satan, including Democratic politicians who are working to oust him while also running an international ring for child sex trafficking.
Trump has hugged supporters of the conspiracy, called them "people who love our country" and quoted their support for his presidency.
—Lauren Witzke for the US Senate (@LaurenWitzkeDE) March 6, 2019
In recent months, Witzke has tried to distance himself from this attitude, to the Associated Press in January that she no longer supports the marginal madness.
QAnon is a "mainstream psyop who makes people trust the plan and do nothing," she said, adding, "I think it's more hype than substance."
A National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
Several other QAnon Republicans are running for congressional seats this year. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a staunch QAnon supporter, is guaranteed to win a seat in the US House of Representatives in Georgia after her Democratic opponent was eliminated earlier this month. And Lauren Boebert, the Republican candidate for a seat at Colorado House, also sponsored QAnon and runs in a competitive, previously Republican-owned district.
In the parliamentary elections in November, Witzke faces an uphill battle against Democratic Senator Chris Coons, who has held the seat in the blue state for a decade.
– Will Sommer (@willsommer) September 16, 2020