Who is Marjorie Taylor Greene?
Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican Party) is running for the U.S. House to represent Georgia’s 14th congressional district. She is on the ballot in the Republican primary run on August 11, 2020. She advanced from the Republican primary on June 9, 2020.
Election battleground 2020
See also: Georgia 14th Congressional District Election, 2020 (June 9 Republican primaries)
Marjorie Taylor Greene and John Cowan were the top two finishers in the Republican primary for Georgia’s 14th congressional district on June 9, 2020. Greene got 41% of the vote for Cowan’s 19%. No other candidate received more than 10% of the vote. Because no candidate got the 50% of the votes needed to win the nomination outright, Greene and Cowan reached a run-off on August 11, 2020. Incumbent Tom Graves (R), who took office in 2010, did not seek re-election.
Ben Bullock, Kevin Cooke, Cowan, Greene and Bill Hembree led in endorsements or fundraising. John Barge, Clayton Fuller, Andy Gunther and Matt Laughridge also ran in the starting lineup.
The Associated Press named the first of the four most competitive congressional races in the state.  In campaign finance reports for the end of March, the nine candidates reported about $3 million in combined fundraising.
Large independent observers rate the general election as solidly Republican or safe Republican. The Cook Partisan Voter Index 2017 for this district was R +27, which means that in the previous two presidential elections, the district’s results were 27 percentage points more Republican than the national average.
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See also: the 14th congressional district election in Georgia, 2020
The primary disposal will take place on 11 August 2020. The general election will take place on 3 November 2020. After the primary runoff, additional general election candidates will be added here.
Top House Republicans are racing to distance themselves from a leading GOP congressional candidate in Georgia after POLITICO uncovered hours of Facebook videos in which they express racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic views.
The candidate, Marjorie Taylor Greene, suggested that Muslims do not belong in government; thinks that black people are “slaves to the Democratic Party”; called George Soros, a Jewish-democratic megadonor, a Nazi; and said she would be “proud” to see a Confederate monument if it was black, because it symbolizes the progress made since the civil war.
Greene finished first in a heat last week for a deep red seat in northwest Georgia by a nearly two-to-one margin over the candidate in second place. She will be the big favorite to secure the Republican nomination for a district in August, which means winning the general election in November. Her first victory – which has sparked panic in GOP circles – comes as Republicans grapple with a national reckoning over racial inequality and police brutality after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last month.
Republicans had just felt relief after finally ousting Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a controversial member with a long history of racially charged remarks, in a speech earlier this month.
Now GOP lawmakers, aides and operatives fear Greene – a wealthy businesswoman who has already attracted national attention because of her belief in a trove of “QAnon” conspiracy theories – could create an even bigger black eye for the party if she wins the nomination. Greene faces neurosurgeon John Cowan in the primary runoff from August 11.
House Republican leaders condemn the GOP candidate who made racist videos
“These comments are terrible and Leader McCarthy will not tolerate them,” said Drew Florio, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Went further and threw his weight behind Greene’s opponent.
“Ms. Greene’s comments are disgusting and do not reflect the values of equality and decency that make our country great,” Scalise said in a statement. “I will support Dr. Cowan.”
In recordings obtained by POLITICO, Greene described Muslim nations under Sharia law as places where men have sex with “little boys, little girls, multiple women,” and “marry their sisters.” She suggested that the 2018 interims – which usher in the most diverse class of first-year students – were part of “an Islamic invasion of our government” and that “anyone who believes in Sharia law does not belong in our government.”
In other videos, she directly compared Black Lives Matter activists to the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members who marched to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, three years ago and denounced them all as “idiots.” And Greene vehemently rejected the idea that there are racial differences in the U.S. or that skin color affects the “quality” of your life: “Guess what? “Slavery is over,” she said. “Black people have equal rights.”
When asked to comment on quotes from the videos, Greene campaign manager Isaiah Wartman did not deny their veracity, but refused to elaborate.
“Thank[s] for remembering Soros. We forgot to put it in our latest ad. We’re solving that now,’ he wrote in an email to POLITICO. “Should I send you a copy?”
Sitting cross-legged on the ground and wearing an American flag baseball cap, Greene said in a video that unemployment – which affects people of color at disproportionately high rates – is simply the product of “bad choices” and being “lazy.”
Minorities, Greene added, are held back in society by gangs, drugs, a lack of education, Planned Parenthood and abortions – “no whites.”
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