These 2020 election deniers are running for office in Arizona

A major QAnon supporter is on the ballot in Arizona on Tuesday. He’s not the only election denier who could land a nomination.

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Ron Watkin: President Trump has had his election stolen. Not just in Arizona, but also in other states. We must now take this fight to Washington, DC, and throw out all the dirty democrats who stole our republic.

Kaleigh Rogers: This is Ron Watkins, the former administrator of an online message board where Q — the obscure figure behind QAnon — posted many of his missives. QAnon conspiracy theorists believe the Democrats and Hollywood elites are part of an underground satanic pedophile ring, and Watkins himself is widely believed to be one of the people behind the Q account. running for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district.

Watkin’s chances in Arizona are… slim. But he’s not the only state candidate to be both an election denier and a QAnon supporter. FiveThirtyEight and ABC News have been tracking primary candidates who have questioned the 2020 election results. a plot cover in the Copper State.

The Republican primary for Arizona governor is heating up, with former TV presenter Kari Lake and former state Board of Regents member Karrin Taylor Robson leading the way. While Robson declined to share her thoughts on the 2020 election, Lake has repeatedly claimed she was robbed. Here is Lake during a recent debate:

To interview: You called Joe Biden an “illegitimate president”. What does that mean?

Lake Kari: He lost the election and he shouldn’t be in the White House. We had a corrupt election.

Lake also has ties to QAnon. She invited a QAnon follower to speak at a campaign event last October. And she was photographed with none other than Ron Watkins.

In the Republican race for Secretary of State, Trump-endorsed State Representative Mark Finchem has been deeply involved in the “Stop the Steal” movement and is too a QAnon supporter. And then there’s state Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who sponsored a bill that would have allowed the state legislature to overturn election results.

Remember that Arizona has been the target of many Trump voter fraud allegations. State Republicans even launched a partisan audit of the results there looking for evidence of fraud. Ultimately, this audit revealed that Biden had in fact won even more votes than initially thought.

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