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Here’s Why The QAnon Conspiracy Is So Popular Among Some Voters

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Varun Hukeri General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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An anonymous user identified only as “Q” first appeared on the online discussion board 4chan Oct. 28, 2017 with a message containing cryptic warnings of an impending storm. The initial messages published on 4chan gradually evolved into one of the most potent conspiracy theories in contemporary American politics.

Republican House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene became the first officially QAnon-supporting candidate this election cycle after her primary victory in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Greene later said she no longer believed in QAnon, but not before lawmakers like Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse railed against conservative flirtations with the conspiracy.