Arizona’s conspiracy candidates

 Republicans up and down the ballot in Arizona are QAnon believers, QAnon-curious or have sought support from QAnon adherents. /Photo by Jeff Swensen / Getty Images

A series of Republicans who believe in QAnon or have sought support from QAnon adherents, are on the November ballot


The man many believe was behind some of the infamous Q posts may have lost his bid to run for office in Arizona but a multitude of candidates with conspiratorial beliefs, including QAnon, won in Republican primaries this month, giving them a chance at being elected to public office in November. 

Ron Watkins, the man widely believed to be the architect of QAnon, placed last in his bid to unseat Democratic Congressman Tom O’Halleran and left the country for Australia prior to the primary, according to QAnon researcher Julian Feeld, and may be attempting to permanently relocate there. 

But Arizona and the QAnon conspiracy theory have long ties that include its politicians, some of whom made their way onto this November’s ballot. 

In its simplest form, QAnon is a conspiracy theory that alleges that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles are running a global sex-trafficking ring, control world governments and are trying to bring down Donald Trump — who is himself single-handedly dismantling the cabal. 

Each member can adopt their own beliefs and are encouraged to do their own “research,” and there are as a result a wide variety of QAnon beliefs. For example, some believe that the founder of QAnon, dubbed simply “Q,” is actually JFK Jr., while others believe Q to be Trump himself. JFK Jr. died in 1999 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

Republicans running for everything from governor to state legislature have explicitly endorsed QAnon, espoused its beliefs or engaged directly with QAnon media. 


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