Ron Weber, a West Point graduate and Ohio lawyer who defeated three other contenders in an elementary school and shared QAnon hashtags and conspiracy theories on social media, lost his race Tuesday.
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But it is Ms. Greene, the victorious candidate in Georgia, whose candidacy illustrated the party's difficulty in dealing with its QAnon problem. Now that she's going to Congress, the party has to decide what to do with her.
"I think she'll start on a fairly short leash," said Mr. Buck.
Even so, he added, there is a fundamental problem: "There is no real establishment or party leadership like it used to be," and so "Congressmen have realized that there is an open playing field to whoever you want to be if you want attention can get for yourself. "
Ms. Greene, who owns a construction company, has described QAnon as "a golden opportunity to turn off this global cabal of pedophiles who worship Satan". She has also made derogatory remarks about blacks, Jews and Muslims.
Nearly every Republican elected in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District in which Ms. Greene ran for an open house seat stood against her after beating eight other candidates in the June primary and forcing a runoff election. But not everyone in the party was that dismissive. Mr Trump posted a congratulatory tweet after Mrs Greene made a strong showing in June, and two of his best-known supporters backed her: Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio and Mark Meadows, the former congressman who is now the White House chief of staff.
Any objections others had seemed to melt away after Mrs Greene won the runoff in August. California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader in the House of Representatives, said she would be given committee duties if she was elected. Senator Kelly Loeffler, who was named by the governor last December and is seeking a full term in a special election in Georgia, willingly accepted Ms. Greene's approval.
For her part, Ms. Greene recently tried to distance herself from her most controversial views. When asked about QAnon in an interview with Fox News, she said she chose a different route. She also tweeted that she had now accepted that the Pentagon was hit by a hijacked plane on Sept. 11, 2001, not a missile.