Political newcomer Lauren Witzke won Delaware’s Republican senatorial primary Tuesday, becoming the latest candidate with ties to the QAnon conspiracy to become a GOP nominee for political office.
Witzke beat attorney James DiMartino, the GOP’s preferred candidate, by almost 14 points, according to The New York Times, winning all three of the state’s counties. She is now set to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Chris Coons in November.
Witzke also faced criticism over her alleged support for QAnon, a conspiracy that believes a “deep state” tied to pedophilia is attempting to sabotage President Donald Trump, after tweeting a photo of herself in one of its shirts and using one of its signature hashtags, The Hill reported.
QAnon supporter Lauren Witzke just won a GOP Senate primary in Delaware, making her the second QAnon supporter to win a Republican Senate nomination this cycle. Here’s Witzke in a QAnon shirt. She’s also tweeted the QAnon hashtag #wwg1wga. pic.twitter.com/hb0d6s2D03
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) September 16, 2020
Despite the tweet, Witzke has tried to distance herself from the conspiracy, telling the Associated Press that it is nothing more than a “mainstream psyops to get people to ‘trust the plan’