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Oregon GOP Senate nominee posts video in support of QAnon conspiracy theory

Oregon GOP Senate nominee posts video in support of QAnon conspiracy theory
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A Republican Senate nominee in Oregon posted a video Tuesday in support of the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

“Where we go one we go all,” the Republican, Jo Rae Perkins, said in a video she tweeted Tuesday night referencing the QAnon slogan and holding up a bumper sticker with the abbreviated “WWG1WGA.” 

“I stand with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE, I stand with Q and the team,” she added. “Thank you anons, thank you patriots, and together we can save our republic.”

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Perkins won the Republican Senate primary Tuesday, beating three GOP candidates. 

She’ll face Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyElectric vehicles see state-level gains GOP clears key hurdle on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing MORE (D) in November. The race is rated "solidly Democrat" by The Cook Political Report, an independent, nonpartisan organization. 

The QAnon conspiracy theory is based around a belief that President Trump and his supporters are fighting against enemies in an alleged “deep state.” The conspiracy revolves around an anonymous internet user, “Q”, who claims to be a government agent with access to classified information. 

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The Hill reached out to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for comment regarding Perkins’s post. 

Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), the chairman of the NRSC, told The Washington Post he would need to learn more about Perkins, but said the organization generally backs GOP candidates. 

“I don’t know anything about that,” Young told the Post, when asked about Perkins’s belief in QAnon. “I’ll have to learn more about it, but the NRSC tends to support Republican candidates, as you know.”

Merkley declined to weigh in when asked by the Post. 

“I don’t have any comment on it,” he told the newspaper Wednesday at the Capitol. 

A spokesperson for Merkley was not immediately available for comment when contacted by the Hill.