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Marjorie Taylor Greene a  Qanon supporter has a clear path to victory as Van Ausdal Dropped Out

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Marjorie Taylor Greene 

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican candidate for Georgia’s 14th Congressional seat and a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, has a clear path to victory in November after her Democratic opponent dropped out of the race.

Kevin van Ausdal left the race on September 11, initially just offering “family and personal reasons,” but the next day his wife filed divorce papers and he was going to move out of state.

Greene has attracted much controversy since she won the Republican primary in August, much of it stemming from videos she posted online before her run expressing support for QAnon and suggesting that Hillary Clinton worships Satan, Heavy reported.

“I am heartbroken to announce that for family and personal reasons, I cannot continue this race for Congress,” Kevin Van Ausdal said in a statement.
Citing how “rhetoric has turned into dangerous extremism, like the candidacy of Marjorie Greene,” he continued, “I will put every resource, every bit of knowledge into the campaign that comes behind me to defeat Marjorie and restore hope to the people of Northwest Georgia.”
Greene’s GOP primary runoff victory last month put her in a strong position to win in the fall in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District — a solidly Republican seat, according to Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. While she is now running unopposed, the Democratic Party is able to pick a new candidate to run against Greene.
Since the primary, she has raised controversy stemming from several incendiary statements.
Greene asserted in a tweet on Tuesday that “children should not wear masks,” comments in sharp contrast with the recommendation of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health professionals. Last week, she posted on her candidate Facebook page an image of herself holding a gun alongside images of Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, and encouraged going on “offense against these socialists.” Facebook removed the photo by the following day, saying it violated the social network’s policies.

Van Ausdal Dropped Out on September 11 for ‘Family & Personal Reasons;’ the Next Day He Said He Was Moving to Indiana Amid a Divorce

Van Ausdal, 35, a technology specialist and poll worker, was always considered a long shot for the Congressional seat, with the 14th District traditionally voting straight Republican.

On September 9, however, Van Ausdal’s campaign announced that he was polling at 40% — a first for a Democrat in Georgia’s 14th. The campaign urged voters to stand with Van Ausdal “against QAnonsense,” referring to Greene’s bizarre past statements.

Van Ausdal also said that a climate of divisiveness in the country had resulted in “dangerous extremism, like the candidacy of [Greene].”On September 12, however,  Van Ausdal’s wife had filed for divorce, and as part of the arrangement, he would be moving out of their home. Van Ausdal eventually decided to move in with family in Indiana, the outlet reported. A campaign aide later confirmed to the AJC the details behind Van Ausdal’s decision.

Greene posted a message to Twitter on September 11 offering Van Ausdal her “best wishes.”

Georgia May Not Be Able to Put Another Candidate on the Ballot Before November 3, Per State Election Law

Under Georgia state election law, when a candidate withdraws within 60 days of an election, the party cannot place a different candidate on the ballot to fill the vacancy.

Van Ausdal’s campaign manager, Vinny Olszewski, told the outlet that with the campaign raising money and potential penalties should the candidate, who would no longer be a district resident, stay on the ballot, the campaign “had no choice.”

“We had to stop the train,” he said.

Georgia Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs told Heavy, in a statement, “The law is clear. Mr. Van Ausdal can withdraw his candidacy or remain on the ballot. He cannot be replaced.”



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